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Liberty Elementary School Board Member Gets Trespass Notice Following 'Verbal Abuse'

A member of the governing board for the Liberty Elementary School District could face arrest if she goes back to one of the campuses.

Kathy McNamara said Superintendent Dr. Andrew Rogers had her served with a trespass notice as retaliation for her blunt questions about his leadership.

McNamara was recently appointed to the Board. She’s also a parent who worried when her child’s teacher changed at the last second. On the first day of school, McNamara went to the campus to find out why her husband needed an appointment to sit in on her daughter’s class.

“Obviously I was visibly upset,” she said. “I was emotional. I had tears in my eyes. I just didn’t understand what was going on.”

The next day, Goodyear police gave McNamara a trespassing notice. It allows her to be in the school parking lot to pick up her daughter and go to the main office. She’s since withdrawn her child from the District.

McNamara has criticized Rogers since joining the Board. She said the legal action aimed to silence her.

“This is his way of trying to hush me and make an example of me,” McNamara said.

Rogers said that’s not why he contacted police. 

“This incident really didn’t have anything to do with our relationship,” he said. 

Rogers said McNamara had an angry confrontation with a teacher.

“The reason for the trespass notice was two separate incidents of verbal abuse and disruptive conduct,” Rogers said.

Unless one of them quits, McNamara and Rogers will have to work together at least until December 2018.

Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.