Uranga renamed as board president; board denies two grievances

By Robert Morales —

CCAISD trustees on Monday renamed Paul Uranga as president of the school board. Mr. Uranga, along with two other incumbents – Angie Gonzales and Romy Ramirez – recently won re-election to the board.

Before the board took up more substantive issues, presentations were given by Melinda Baeza of the Boys and Girls Club, Joy Scott representing the Robotics Team and Marcia Crowley representing the Calculator Team.

Under Open Forum, Mario Balcazar addressed the board regarding his request for “open gym” at the Delaware campus on Wednesday nights. He said he had previously had success with the program, and he asked board members to reconsider his request for an adults-only type of activity on Wednesday nights.

Later in the meeting, trustees went into closed session twice to discuss Level III hearings regarding a termination complaint by Edna Clark and a parent complaint by Michael Garibay and Alexandria Urias. Following both closed sessions, trustees voted to deny both complaints.

In the case of Ms. Clark, she alleged that she was “wrongfully terminated” in February following an incident in which Ms. Clark apparently used an inappropriate word with a student in her class. According to Ms. Clark, that particular student had been unruly and rude in class.

Ms. Clark ran for a spot on the school board, but she lost her bid. Ms. Clark told The Advocate a few months ago that she believed she had been singled out at a “convenient” time because of the hiring freeze and the reductions in force.

As for the other grievance filed by Mr. Garibay and Ms. Urias, they alleged that their child was struck by a fourth-grade teacher in front of other students.