Death Threat Against School Superintendent

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

A death threat was made against a Trinidad school superintendent. Now the woman accused is facing charges.

The threat comes as some in the community are demanding the resignation of superintendent Dr. Manuel Rodriguez.

Trinidad police tell 11 News the threatening phone call was made Monday April 16.

An unknown woman called the superintendent’s office, and before the secretary could get a word in, the caller said, “Your superintendent is being watched at all times. He is really being watched and is going to be shot.”

The secretary asked who the woman was but she hung up. The lady told police the caller sounded like an “older woman," according to a police report. She was able to get the phone number and tried calling it back, but there was no answer.

According to the police report, the incoming phone number was linked to a marketing firm.

But police tell 11 News that after getting a search warrant and working with the phone company, they were able to trace the call back to 65-year-old Helen Cordova. Police tell 11 News she is reportedly married to a school district employee.

Cordova faces charges of harassment (Class 3 misdemeanor), menacing (Class 3 misdemeanor), and interference with staff, faculty, or students of education institution (Class 1 misdemeanor).

The woman was charged before Tuesday night’s school board meeting, where a group of community members presented leaders with 1,000 signatures calling for Rodriguez's resignation. 11 News has told you before about CPAC, Concerned Parents and Community. The group presented the board with their petition for the “Vote of No Confidence” demanding the superintendent’s resignation.

The community group gave the board an ultimatum: they want Rodriguez gone by May 8 or they will work to recall the president and vice president of the Board of Education.

11 News was not able to reach Rodriguez for comment. The school board president says that no one on the board can comment at this time about the threat or the petition.

Cordova was not arrested but did receive a court summons. She must be in court on May 31.

CPAC’s chairman, Kelley Ferdula, tells 11 News that about 250 people attended the school board meeting Tuesday night. She said that many of them wore black to show unity for their cause. The group questions the superintendent’s decisions for the district and his motives for making the changes he has made. They are working with the Trinidad Education Association and the Colorado Education Association.


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  • by Lani on Apr 26, 2012 at 07:17 PM
    I lived in that awful place for a few years. Never have I ever been in a more horrible school district. I had to constantly threaten the district with lawsuits becaused they don't respond to anything unless you take them to court . Even after we moved to Springs the idiots still called telling me my daughter was missing school and turning me in to the turency officer. We had completely disenrolled and despite the fact that I had documentation that they received disenrollment paperwork they still harassed me. And that is just the beginning. I had to have an attorney call down there and threaten suit against them if they contacted us again. Sick, disgusting, lazy, perverted, over-tolerant, disgrace of a public education.
  • by Concerned Parent Location: Trinidad, CO on Apr 26, 2012 at 10:42 AM
    John, are you jealous that Trinidad has made the news? Mind your own towns business if you have nothing to say about the subject at hand! When your child is subjected to the conditions and changes our children are and are going to be stripped of the opportunities our children are, then let's talk or hear your opinion. I'm proud of our community for standing together! Let the recall begin!
  • by john Location: pueblo on Apr 25, 2012 at 10:04 PM
    This is so like Trinidad! Is no one happy down that way? What is the latest on the city manager? Can't you folks get along? The politics down there have made Trinidad notorious. See an editorial in the Chronicle-News of Oct. 11, 1984 and then tell me what has changed in the last 27 years.
  • by springs on Apr 25, 2012 at 09:04 PM
    Terrible for the threat, but sounds the superintendent and possibly some of the board members need to man up and quit...
    • reply
      by john on Apr 26, 2012 at 06:17 AM in reply to springs
      Do the female board members 'man' up if they decide to quit?
  • by Lulz on Apr 25, 2012 at 07:31 PM
    Tor not for I hate autocorrect
  • by Lulz on Apr 25, 2012 at 07:27 PM
    Everyone knows if making death threats use yahoo phone and send it thru for. Armatures I swear
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Apr 26, 2012 at 07:18 PM in reply to Lulz
      auto correct didn't correct "thru" it is "through".
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