LAS CRUCES: Terrie Dallman, a member of the Las Cruces Public Schools Board of Education, resigned on Thursday and said there had been harassment and a lack of transparency in recent meetings.
This resignation, effective immediately, follows the appointment of Ralph Ramos as permanent superintendent on Tuesday. Dallman was the only five-member school board member to vote against Ramos ’selection. Prior to the vote, Dallman had asked for a one-week extension to appoint a superintendent, but his motion received no support.
Dallman wanted the opportunity for the superintendent’s search advisory committee to publicly explain its findings and recommendations.
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“The lack of transparency and mismanagement of the superintendent’s search plan has, in my view, caused confusion (board members and committee members) and may ultimately have affected important decisions,” Dallman said in the his letter of resignation sent to board members and the district administration.
Dallman told Sun-News after Tuesday’s board meeting that not all board members had the same information when it came time to make a decision. Dallman said he felt the other superintendent candidate, Oscar Rico, the executive director of information technology for the Canutillo Independent School District, was the best choice.
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He said he would have felt much more comfortable voting on the superintendent position if he had been able to hear the comments of the superintendent search advisory committee: a group of eight parent members, LCPS staff, community members and a student in charge to advise the board. in search of superintendent.
Board members Ray Jaramillo and Maria Flores were the two members representing the board on the research committee.
“There was no closure for that particular committee,” Dallman told Sun-News on Wednesday, before announcing his resignation. “I think President Jaramillo and Mrs. Flores were supposed to be the intermediaries for this particular subcommittee and the board of directors, and I think they didn’t live up to those expectations and possibly dropped the ball. in this “.
In addition, Dallman stated in her letter that “serious signs of harassment (bullying, misogynistic behavior)” were addressed to her at the last two board meetings.
Arriving Thursday afternoon, Dallman told Sun-News that he had no further comment.
Jaramillo said the school board will hold a special meeting to discuss what happens after Dallman’s resignation.
“I think (Dallman’s allegations) justify an external investigation,” Jaramillo told Sun-News on Thursday. “We hope we discuss … all the steps (an investigation and) to take your place.”
The special meeting of the board will be held at 6 pm on Monday, June 7 at the administrative complex of Dra. Karen Trujillo and will be broadcast live at https://livestream.com/lcpstv/.
“I wanted to thank (Dallman) for his service to the council,” Jaramillo said. “I wanted to expressly thank him for his time as president during that time we were at COVID, it was a difficult time … There are just so many difficult things we have to go through as board members.”
Dallman, a former bilingual educator, was elected a board member in 2017. She represents District 2, primarily in downtown Las Cruces, Mesilla, a seat that is in the election this November. Dallman was chairman of the board before Jaramillo.
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