Uvalde Primary School Principal Moves to District Administrative Position

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Elementary school principal Robb, who was briefly suspended before being reinstated last month, will leave the school for a position in district administration, the school district announced.

Mandy Gutierrez has accepted a position as assistant director of special education, Hal Harrell, the superintendent of the Uvalde Unified Consolidated Independent School District, said in an update to the school community on Friday.

Robb Elementary School Principal Mandy Gutierrez awaits the arrival of President Joe Biden to honor the victims killed in this week’s school shooting, May 29, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.

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Gutierrez “will fulfill his desire to support special education students throughout the district,” Harrell said.

In her place, Christy Perez, formerly vice principal of Uvalde High School, will serve as principal of the elementary school, Harrell said.

“Her experience as both a teacher and a counselor will be invaluable in ensuring students have the support they need in the upcoming school year,” the superintendent said of Perez.

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The move is the latest development in leadership at the elementary school, the site of one of the worst school shootings in US history after a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers in May.

Late last month, Gutierrez was suspended with pay from her job as director, before being reinstated three days later.

The district gave no reason why Gutierrez was placed on administrative leave. But the move came two weeks after a state investigation into the massacre said Gutierrez, in his freshman year at Robb Elementary School, was aware of safety issues, such as a door that wouldn’t close. incorrectly for one of the classrooms the shooter entered but didn’t fix them.

District Police Chief Pete Arredondo remains on unpaid administrative leave. The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District recommended his dismissal.

Arredondo has come under scrutiny for his role in the police response to the May 24 massacre, in which law enforcement waited 77 minutes after arriving at the school to break down the door of the classroom containing the shooter.

In their report, Texas lawmakers investigating the shooting found that Arredondo had “failed to execute or transfer the role of incident commander to another individual.”

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