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PGISD to hear Level 3 grievance Wednesday during meeting

PGISD to hear Level 3 grievance Wednesday during meeting

April 16th, 2019 by Jennifer Middleton in Texarkana News

A Level 3 grievance hearing for Amanda Bowers, the mother of a Pleasant Grove Middle School student whose school email account was used to send a racially charged photo on Feb. 8, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Central Services, 8500 North Kings Highway, Texarkana, Texas.

In a Level 1 hearing held March 8 and a Level 2 hearing held March 14, Bowers alleged PGMS administrators gave her daughter additional disciplinary action because she asked questions about the incident. Her daughter, Amanda, was given three days out-of-school suspension and seven days of in-school suspension, of which she served five days, for logging into her personal account for two friends, one of which sent the photo of the KKK to two black students, one being the other student she logged in for.

Bowers also alleges misconduct on the part of PGMS Principal Linda Erie and Assistant Principal Jon Tomberlain and that her daughter was unfairly disciplined for the incident.

The Level 3 meeting was originally set for April 11, but was removed from the agenda because the item stated the board would hear only one allegation, when there are three.

"Due to a clerical error in the language of the posted agenda regarding the level three appeal hearing shown as items 12 and 13 upon the agenda for tonight's meeting, those items will not be considered at the board at this meeting," Board President Fred Meisenheimer said in an April 11 written statement.

Bowers has requested the discipline and district procedures allegations be heard in open session and the district requires the personnel allegations to be heard in closed session.

The agenda also states the board will reconvene in open session to give consider and take action on each allegation.

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