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The Salida School District Board of Education has initiated a process to review the charges brought against Salida High School Principal Talmage Trujillo and the actions of Superintendent David Blackburn, both related to the school lockdown that was ordered by the Salida Police Department on Thursday, September 23, 2021.

They will meet in a closed executive session at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5 at which time they will discuss those two personnel items. Information is being collected to help the Board have as much insight as possible as to how the events unfolded that day, to hold an informed conversation about what happened, and to determine the next steps.

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In the meantime, Principal Trujillo will remain on paid administrative leave. SHS Dean Cory Scheffel is acting principal while Mr. Trujillo is on leave. Superintendent Blackburn will also be out of the office on a previously scheduled and approved vacation through Tuesday, October 5.

The district confirms that the incident continues to be an open investigation, confirming that “the personnel matter will be handled through thoughtful navigation in reviewing the day’s events, as information is provided to the Board.

The District explained that teachers and staff continue to show up each day to focus on students and their needs. “Salida is a small and tight-knit community which will have students and families potentially impacted by the day’s events and how they as a school and community respond. They ask that all parties are thoughtful in their responses and civil discourse remains appropriate in discussing the situation.”

School staff have noted “the importance of coming together as a community to take care of our kids. Safety is always a top priority for the district and students should always feel safe on school property.”