Nov 24, 2010 1:47 PM by Greg Boyce

Cesar Chavez settles suit with former director

Two charter schools in Pueblo have settled a lawsuit brought by a fired former director, his wife and another employee. 

Cesar Chavez, and Delores Huerta Preparatory High School and Board of Directors members were sued by founder Dr. Lawrence Hernandez, his wife, and another employee, Velia Rincon.  In a statement issued today Board President Danielle Gonzales said "an amicable resolution" has been reached.

Hernandez founded the high achieving schools under a charter with Pueblo City Schools.  Later the schools got into financial trouble.  Hernandez, his wife and Rincon left after they refused to take a pay cut.  They sued for breach of contract.

Details of the settlement were not revealed.  The statement from Gonzales thanked Hernandez and his wife for the central role they played in making the schools what they are today.  According to the statement, all three "are exceptional educators who challenged the status quo...in order to improve the lives of all children, including the poor and minority students."

Interim Superintendent, Dr. Henry Roman had earlier told News First 5 that any settlement would be paid by the school's insurance carrier.


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