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More Fallout From Coatesville Area School District Texting Scandal

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By Jenn Bernstein

COATESVILLE, Pa. (CBS) — At the first Coatesville Area School Board meeting since two top school officials resigned, board members faced more public outrage over their handling of the texting scandal.

On Tuesday night, a new allegation involving another school official came up when one of the whistle blowers — acting Assistant Superintendent Dr. Teresa Powell — accused the now acting Superintendent, Angelo Romaniello, of being involved in the texting scandal.

She said her name was referenced in a text message exchange between Romaniello and the former School Superintendent Richard Como.

“Although his text message was not racist, it was personally demeaning and uncalled for,” said Dr. Powell.

When pressed by reporters at the meeting, Romaniello said “absolutely not,” when asked if he received racist or sexist text messages from Como.

Romaniello said they need to make sure their kids are taken care of saying “we are going to move forward as a team.”

The former School Superintendent Richard Como and the former athletic director Jim Donato resigned last month, after allegations they exchanged sexist and racist text messages on their work-issued cell phones.

Last night, community members continued to criticize the board’s handling of the situation.

“The trust for the entire community is gone, it’s gone,” said former student Tia Lawson.

“There’s got to be a shift in attitude,” said parent Jane Ventrella. “There’s got to be some visible actions taken that say to us as a community, we want things to move forward, we want things to get better.”

The board confirmed Como received $70,000 in vacation and sick time as part of his resignation.

The Chester County District Attorney continues his investigation into the Coatesville Area School District.

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