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Unexpected guest slithers into Fort Worth school board’s meeting room

Snake found in FWISD conference room

Employees discovered a rat snake in a conference room used by Fort Worth school district employees and the school board for meetings. The snake was collected by a maintenance worker and released outside.
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Employees discovered a rat snake in a conference room used by Fort Worth school district employees and the school board for meetings. The snake was collected by a maintenance worker and released outside.

Most visitors to the Fort Worth school district conference room check an agenda to make sure trustees are having a public meeting.

But this week an unexpected guest decided to slither into the conference room even though there wasn’t a school board meeting scheduled. On Thursday, a district employee discovered a 3 to 4 foot long snake — believed to be a rat snake — near the seats typically used by the district’s communications staff.

Yikes.

“We saw it late afternoon around 4:30,” said an employee. “But some folks from operations found its shed skin in a different room, so it seems it had been in the building for a while.”

The snake was discovered when the employee grabbed a power strip. It was sitting in a chair at first.

A maintenance worker collected the snake, which was released somewhere a distance away.

The school board conference room, at 2903 Shotts St., is where public and staff meetings are held. There was a training session taking place on Thursday when the rat snake was discovered.

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Diane Smith, a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, has been a reporter for the Star-Telegram since 1997. Smith, who has covered municipal government, immigration and education, has won multiple awards for reporting, most recently as part of a Star-Telegram team recognized by the Headliners Foundation of Texas for coverage of child abuse and Fort Worth’s Las Vegas Trail area.
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