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Charge against Matterson dismissed

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By Chris Edwards
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COLMESNEIL – The charge of driving under the influence against Colmesneil ISD Superintendent Angela Matterson has been dismissed.

At Monday night’s meeting of the CISD Board of Trustees, Board President Kris Lindsey read a document from the Archuleta County, Colo., court where the misdemeanor allegation was made against Matterson last October.

Matterson, who announced her resignation last November, will also be working off-campus, Lindsey announced, after the board members returned into regular session from a lengthy executive session.

“She is going to be consulting and working from a remote location for the foreseeable future,” Lindsey said.

Although Matterson will be working off-campus, she will continue to serve as the school superintendent of record, according to Lindsey. She will serve in that capacity until June, when her tenure with the district ends, per her resignation, which was accepted at the board’s November meeting.

Career prep options addressed
During the open forum portion of Monday night’s meeting, Jason Squier, a resident and parent in the district, voiced concerns about what CISD is doing for its student population in terms of preparing them for life after high school. “I think we’re putting out a lot of kids who are not employable,” Squier said.

Squier, a business owner, said that he has seen many recent high school graduates exhibit a lack of focus and work ethic. “We ought to be doing more to try and encourage these kids and let them see the opportunities that are out there in the working world,” he said.

He suggested the district host a career day, and also spoke to the importance of vocational education. He said he wants to give a scholarship opportunity for a CHS graduate to be able to receive vocational education.

Squier’s comments started conversation between some of the members of the public who were in attendance and CHS Principal Walter McAlpin, who was available to listen to some ideas about a possible career day as the board went into closed session.

Other Business
On the regular agenda of Monday night’s meeting, the CISD board approved the 2018-19 Texas Academic Performance Report, which is an indicator of how all campuses within the district are performing. McAlpin said the report for CISD is a good one.

During her regular report to the board, Colmesneil Elementary Principal Yvette Carlton said the elementary playground needs maintenance attention. “It’s something to look at in the future,” she said, and emphasized the use it gets, not only from the elementary students but also from the community.

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