Superintendent explains what TMs next for embattled principal and Edinburg North HS
Thu, 01 Aug 2013 03:10:51 GMT —
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rene Gutierrez said it was a tough decision to make, but the Edinburg school board voted 4 to 2 in favor of proceeding with the Edinburg North High School principal's termination.
"Mr. Guerra now can exercise his rights for due process in a hearing based on the allegations that have been made against him," Dr. Gutierrez said.
Those allegations as Action 4 News first reported, come from a female employee of the district who claims she attended a conference with her principal in San Antonio at which time she alleges he followed her into her hotel room saying quote "I would be crazy not to want you" and that he would like to "watch her get ready for bed."
"There was a complaint from an employee about Mr. Guerra and we are obligated to look into this complaint because it involves Title 7 harassment," Dr. Gutierrez said.
Through his attorney, Ramiro Guerra vehemently denies the allegations saying he did not do anything inappropriate during the trip that would warrant termination.
A large number of parents of Edinburg North High School students are supporting the man who has worked for the district for more than 30 years, and although one mom did not want to be identified, she did want her opinion known.
"I don't believe it," says the concerned parent.
According to Dr. Gutierrez it was one person who came forward with a complaint.
"We conducted an investigation, we gathered the evidence, we have documents and we were able to present to the board the findings and they were able to take action, " says Gutierrez.
Guerra was immediately suspended with pay as the investigation was launched within the school district police and administration.
The parent said it's the employee's word against Guerra's.
"It's very injust what they are doing,'" the concerned parent said.
A group of parents, students and some teachers are already planning to take their protest against terminating Guerra to the next school board meeting.
"Believe me at the next school board meeting, the school board members will be reminded that they are elected and they need to do what the parents of this school want for their students," the concerned parent said.
Guerra has 15 days to respond to the proposal for termination, his attorney has already told Action 4 News he will appeal it, but Dr. Gutierrez said regardless of the outcome, Edinburg North High School is moving onto the new school year without him at the helm.
Middle school assistant principal Mark Micallef has been named the permanent principal at Edinburg North High School.