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The Salida School District Board of Education has initiated a process to review new charges brought against Salida High School (SHS) Principal Talmage Trujillo. The Board will meet in a special board meeting at the District’s Administrative Office located at 627 Oak Street, at 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 18 in a closed executive session.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss personnel matters concerning Principal Trujillo as authorized by CRS 24-6-402(4)(f) and confer with the District’s legal counsel as authorized by CRS 24-6-402(4)(b). Information is being collected to help the Board have as much insight as possible to have an informed conversation and determine the next steps.

In the meantime, Principal Trujillo will remain on paid administrative leave, in accordance with contractual and statutory requirements. Director of Academic Affairs Jackie Crabtree is acting principal at Salida High School.

The School District reiterated that teachers and staff continue to show up each day to focus on students and their needs. “We are a small and tight-knit community which will have students and families potentially impacted by these events and how we as a school and community respond. We ask that all parties are thoughtful in their responses and civil discourse remains appropriate in discussing the situation. We want to remind everyone that Principal Trujillo has not been convicted of any charges at this time.”

Salida School District staff have noted the importance of coming together as a community to take care of the district’s schoolchildren, saying, “Safety is always a top priority for the district and students should always feel safe on school property”.

For additional information please contact Kim LeTourneau at 719-530-5225 or