Three Kingsville Independent School District administrators had their resignations rescinded by the district’s school board following more than four hours of Level III grievance hearings held in closed session Monday evening.

Perez Elementary School Principal Leo Ramos, along with former H.M. King High School assistant principal Max Segovia and counselor Raul Ramos, submitted letters of resignation to the Kingsville ISD in early June before filing grievances with the district.

The KISD has three levels of grievance procedures. Level III is the highest, which is reserved for an employee who did not receive the relief requested at the two lower levels.

For Leo Ramos, the board voted 7-0 to rescind his resignation and reinstate him as the Perez Elementary School principal effective immediately. This will be his 51st year with the Kingsville ISD.

Former KISD administrator Albert Villarreal had served as the interim principal at Perez Elementary School prior to Leo Ramos’s reinstatement.

Max Segovia was reinstated as an assistant principal effectively immediately, with all other relief sought denied, in a 4-3 split vote. Board vice-president Brandon Greenwood, board secretary Corando Garza and trustees Corey Garza and Nicolas Prado voted for the reinstatement, while board president Brian Coufal and trustees Lynn Yaklin and Steven Crites were against.

Also in a split vote, Raul Ramos was reinstated as a district counselor effective immediately, 5-2, with Coufal and Yaklin voting against. 

Leo Ramos and Raul Ramos declined to comment on their respective grievances following Monday’s meeting. Superintendent Elida Bera also offered no comment on Monday’s grievance hearings. 

While Segovia also declined to comment on the nature of his grievance, he did say after Monday’s meeting that he had “put everything in God’s hands, and He answered my prayers.”

“I love this district,” Segovia said. “I put everything into this district and I can’t wait to continue serving this district and the students. This is what I’ve always wanted to do.”

Prior to the grievance hearings, the board also took action on granting fast-track hiring authority to Superintendent Bera to offer contracts to new teachers without board approval through Oct. 11.

“We have several positions open, and we have lost some really good candidates because they couldn’t wait until they came to the board for approval,” Bera told the board.

Fast-track authority for the superintendent was approved, 7-0.

The board also hired several new teachers and three new assistant principals during Monday’s meeting.

In unanimous 7-0 votes, Tomasita Trevino was hired to serve as the Harrel Elementary School assistant principal and Robert Torres as a Memorial School assistant principal.

Analese Tennyson was hired as the Gillett Intermediate School assistant principal in a 6-1 split, with Corey Garza voting against.

Tanya Williams was recommended for the assistant principal position at Harvey Elementary School, but the majority of the school board voted against the hire, 2-5. Coufal and Yaklin were in favor of hiring Williams for the position.

Teacher hires included third grade teacher Colleen Baker for Harrel Elementary, kindergarten teacher Sabrena Ortiz and third grade teacher Yda Aleman for Perez Elementary, special education teacher Mary Getz and fourth grade teachers Julissa Ramon and Nicole Lovelady for Harvey Elementary, science teacher Joshua Calaway and special education teacher Melinda Mejia at Memorial Middle School and special education teacher Korey Hardeman at H.M. King.

Anthony Ruiz can be contacted at aruiz@king-ranch.com or (361) 221-0251.

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