BISD Superintendent Sues School Board Members

POSTED: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 11:49pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm

Brownsville's Independent School District Superintendent, Hector Gonzales is suing the board members who voted to suspend him.
At a meeting last month, Brownsville's Board of Trustees voted to suspend Superintendent, Hector Gonzales for sixty days with pay.
Now, The controversy continues, this time with Gonzales striking back, with a 10-million dollar lawsuit.
School Board members tell News Center 23, that Gonzales filed a lawsuit in State District Court today, against Board of Trustees President, Rolando Aguilar, and three other School Board members, Rick Zayas, Ruben Cortez, and Joe Colunga.
Gonzales is suing for defamation of character and breach of contract.
The lawsuit seeks damages from the four trustees, not from BISD.
Those being the four members, who were strongly for Gonzales being placed on administrative leave.
Board Members say, They voted to suspend Gonzales, so a thorough investigation, could be done regarding money issues within the district, and problems with the Special Services Department.
Also, the lawsuit notes that under Gonzales leadership, BISD has won numerous awards and honors, and he wants to be able to return to work.
We tried to contact Board Members named in the lawsuit, as of news time, they were not available for comment.
The Board Members not named in the lawsuit, are Catalina Presas, Minerva Pena, and Dr. Enrique Escobedo.

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