TUSD board to vote on rescinding contract for Pueblo HS principal

TUSD board to vote on rescinding contract for Pueblo HS principal
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."

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