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Residents concerned about reassignments within Roswell Independent School District

Faith Egbuonu
July 10, 2019 07:33 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Dozens of people showed up at Roswell Independent School's board meeting Tuesday night. There has been controversy concerning the latest reassignments in the district.


"I know there's been some talk that principals were fired, or people were let go –In the year that I've been here, I have not fired any principals, not a single one,” said superintendent Dr. Ann Lynn McIlroy.

There were mixed emotions, as community members fired back over the reassignments. Juan Oropesa, a concerned citizen, believes some were racially motivated.

"The way we see it, the ones that are being relieved of their duties are mostly Hispanics, and again we want to make sure that the makeup of the school reflects the makeup of the community,” Oropesa said. “We don't feel that she is doing the work that we feel needs to be done, especially when this community is more than 50% Hispanics."

Oropesa was referring to superintendent, Dr. Ann Lynn McIlroy, who says the principals reassigned this school year were six Caucasians and one Hispanic.

"So, it really dispels the whole race issue there, because the majority of course were Caucasian,” McIlroy said.

McIlroy says it was a move to help students.

"You utilize people's strength for the betterment of kids in any particular site. Every school needs a different kind of leader, and that's what was looked at,” McIlroy said.

Emily Valencia graduated from Roswell High, and says the reassignment of her former principal, Ruben Bolaños, is upsetting.

"I've seen friends that have been there for 5 generations  ... of their older siblings and all of them have been successful, and they always recognize Mr. Bolaños as somebody who was such a big impact, on their success and their lives,” Valencia said.

Bolaños will now be in the central office at the Roswell Independent School District.

"We needed somebody that was intimately familiar with the community, and the business leaders of this community that also had a passion for kids --Ruben is a perfect fit for that,” McIlroy said.

McIlroy said she’s always open to hearing from the community the leadership qualities they want in their principals.


Faith Egbuonu

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