Rick Zayas Reacts to $10 Million Lawsuit

POSTED: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 10:32pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am

After the Brownsville Board of Trustees voted to suspend Superintendent, Hector Gonzales with pay on January 16, he fired back by filing a $10 million lawsuit, blaming four members of that board for breaching his contract and defaming character.

Rick Zayas is disappointed with Gonzalez’s decision to sue. He says the lawsuit will only hurt the children of Brownsville Taxpayers.

“It’s a sad in Brownsville when the superintendent goes out of the way, breaks the form of the way procedurally employment matters are handled.”

Zayas says Gonzalez’s suspension is being treated no differently than any other school district employee who has been suspended in the past. He says the board is only following standard procedure.

“It’s the law. Many times they're not told what was wrong. They’re not given evidence.”

Gonzalez is suing for defamation of character, loss of earning capacity, retirement benefits, mental anguish, physical pain, etc.

But, Zayas believes this lawsuit is only going to hurt city taxpayers.

“With Gonzalez suing the school district and the way he's saying he wants to $10 million, is only taking away from the children of taxpayers of Brownsville. I’m disappointed.”

Trustees say they placed Gonzales on paid leave so a thorough investigation could be done regarding money issues within the district.

Throughout this investigation, current Assistant Superintendent for Operations, Brett Springston will serve as interim superintendent.

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