Tucumcari school board holds closed meeting

QCSun staff

The Tucumcari Public Schools Board of Education held a special meeting Friday to discuss threatened litigation.

A closed executive session lasted approximately 45 minutes. The board then resumed in open session and delegated authority to the superintendent and the school’s lawyers to negotiate a settlement in a pending litigation.

Superintendent Aaron Mckinney and Assistant Superintendent Dave Johnson declined to comment on the board’s decision or litigation.

However, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions has scheduled a hearing next March after determining on Aug. 23 there was probable cause to pursue a complaint by Tucumcari Schools employee Diane Trujillo, who alleged she was sexually harassed by former principal David Castillo and her complaints to supervisors were not properly addressed.

The human rights bureau hearing is scheduled for March 7-8.

Castillo was put on paid administrative leave last November.

The board of education held a closed meeting Nov. 16 to discuss allegations of administrative misconduct. No decisions were made, and school officials declined to comment on whether the meeting regarded Castillo.

Castillo resigned April 6.