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Public records from Roswell Independent School District confirm Roswell High School Principal Manuel Warner is, at least for the time being, no longer serving in that capacity, but give no reason why or when he might return.

Personnel actions included in the agenda packet for Tuesday’s school board meeting show RHS Assistant Principal Pilar Carrasco was reassigned as interim principal effective March 23.

The personnel actions are on the agenda under the superintendent’s report. No action is required from the board on that item.

Tuesday’s meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Administrative and Educational Services Complex, 300 N. Kentucky. Due to the state’s health order limiting the number of people at public gatherings, most board members and staff will attend through a conference call.

Interim Superintendent Mike Gottlieb told the Roswell Daily Record he could not comment on personnel matters, but an email he sent to the RHS staff on March 23 said Warner is “currently on leave.”

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The Daily Record obtained the email through a request to inspect public records.

“While the current school closure may render his leave status less of an issue, I wanted each of you to know that during this time, any questions or concerns that you have about RHS matters should not be directed to Mr. Warner,” the email said.

“Instead, for the immediate future, and until further notice, I ask that any RHS-specific matters be directed temporarily to Mr. Pilar Carrasco,” the email continued.

Attempts to contact Warner by the Daily Record by email and Facebook Messenger were not answered.

Warner, a 1995 graduate of RHS, was hired in August as principal following the reassignment of former RHS Principal Ruben Bolaños to the district office. The move was part of a restructuring that reassigned 25 principals, assistant principals and teachers last year under former Superintendent Dr. Ann Lynn McIlroy.

Tuesday’s school board meeting will be livestreamed on YouTube, and people who want to speak in the public comments section will do so over the phone, according to the meeting notice.

Gottlieb, Board President Alan Gedde, Board Secretary Hope Morales and a technology staff member will be present in the meeting room. The other board members and staff will attend through a conference call.

On the agenda are several items related to the state’s order closing school buildings and requiring distance learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 year.

The board will review policies on staff conduct with students, with an added section addressing the Continuous Learning Plan.

The addition of the policy on the CLP is an administrative procedure, Gottlieb said, but he wanted the board to review it.

“There were some requirements that were needed as we moved forward. Several were recommendations from the attorneys, some were recommendations from the PED (Public Education Department),” Gottlieb said.

The policy specifies that live video conferencing will include two or more students or at least two adults. A parent, guardian or classified staff can be one of the adults.

No online learning is to be conducted with a single student, and staff will not share personal cell phone numbers or social media contacts with students.

“That whole part is dealing with just keeping everyone safe and secure,” he said.

The board will also vote on temporarily suspending the policy on student grades and assessment and implementing a pass/fail grading system.

The items are a formality to meet the PED requirements with the CLP and will be in effect only through the end of this academic year, Gottlieb said.

The meeting will be kept fairly short, Gottlieb said.

“We’re trying to keep everything to a minimum because we can’t have the audience present. There’s several recognitions we need to do but we can’t do them because you can’t have the groups together,” Gottlieb said.

One item up for discussion will be the second reading of the school year calendars for 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23.

In the March meeting, board members discussed moving spring break earlier to coincide with the change to Daylight Saving Time and moving parent-teacher conferences from an all-day Wednesday schedule to Thursday evening and Friday morning.

A survey was conducted of parents, students and staff on those questions.

“Most of them are parents that answered back,” Gottlieb said.

Most parents wanted spring break later rather than earlier in March and also preferred the Thursday-Friday schedule for conferences, Gottlieb said.