TUSD board to vote on rescinding contract for Pueblo HS principa - Tucson News Now

TUSD board to vote on rescinding contract for Pueblo HS principal

Pueblo High School Principal Augustine Romero (File Photo) Pueblo High School Principal Augustine Romero (File Photo)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Leaders at southern Arizona's largest school district could decide the fate of an embattled principal.

Tucson Unified School District Governing Board members voted March 27 to reveal the public findings of an investigation into grade changing by Pueblo High School Principal Dr. Augustine Romero.

The investigation centered around a 13-page complaint by Yolanda Sotelo, a long-term substitute at Pueblo High School, stating that Dr. Romero changed the grades she had entered for six students who would not have graduated from high school if their grades had not been changed.

We've learned Dr. Romero's contract is in question, even after his contract renewal was approved among other administrators at the March 27 TUSD Governing Board meeting.

It was a close, contested 3-2 vote, and board member Michael Hicks was the swing decision.

But according to the Tuesday, April 10 agenda, it appears Hicks is the one who will revisit that decision, requesting the item to "Rescind Offer of Contract for 2018-19 and Notice of Intent to Not Offer a New Contract for 2018-19 for Certified Administrator."

Dr. Romero is the only administrator listed on Tuesday's agenda item up for discussion and a vote.

The investigation by Tucson law firm DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy was completed in October 2016, showing the principal violated both Arizona state law and district policy, but the investigation reveals Dr. Romero was not disciplined for the matter.

We've reached out to board member Hicks to see if the public reveal of the grade-changing investigation is playing a factor in his decision to revisit Dr. Romero's contract, but have not heard back by the time this story was published.

According to the agenda item, Arizona law says the governing board is, "required to provide notice on or before April 15 of the of the Board's intention not to offer a new contract to a certified administrator for the next school year."

Grade changing scandal at Pueblo High School by Tucson News Now on Scribd


 

GET MORE: Download our app, the most-used news app in southern Arizona, to get breaking news alerts, weather forecasts and more on your Apple and Android devices.

Copyright 2018 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 1 student injured in Florida school shooting; suspect in custody

    1 student injured in Florida school shooting; suspect in custody

    Friday, April 20 2018 9:27 AM EDT2018-04-20 13:27:44 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 10:14 AM EDT2018-04-20 14:14:18 GMT

    One student was injured in a school shooting at Forest High School in Ocala, FL. Police say the shooter is another student.

    One student was injured in a school shooting at Forest High School in Ocala, FL. Police say the shooter is another student.

  • Couple killed Vietnam vet, burned body while kids watched, authorities say

    Couple killed Vietnam vet, burned body while kids watched, authorities say

    Friday, April 20 2018 7:58 AM EDT2018-04-20 11:58:17 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 7:58 AM EDT2018-04-20 11:58:17 GMT
    Stacie Mendoza and her husband, Jose Mendoza, were arrested in the torture and murder of a Vietnam War veteran. (Hanford Police Department via AP)Stacie Mendoza and her husband, Jose Mendoza, were arrested in the torture and murder of a Vietnam War veteran. (Hanford Police Department via AP)

    Authorities believe Stacie Mendoza, a waitress, used her friendship with Kenneth Coyle to get access to his financial information.

    Authorities believe Stacie Mendoza, a waitress, used her friendship with Kenneth Coyle to get access to his financial information.

  • American ISIS wife endured horror, now wants to come home

    American ISIS wife endured horror, now wants to come home

    Thursday, April 19 2018 7:26 PM EDT2018-04-19 23:26:55 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 9:02 PM EDT2018-04-20 01:02:08 GMT

    Sam Sally says she was coerced by her husband, who has since died, into crossing into ISIS territory while on vacation in Turkey four years ago.

    Sam Sally says she was coerced by her husband, who has since died, into crossing into ISIS territory while on vacation in Turkey four years ago.

Powered by Frankly