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Aug 04 2019

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Garcia claims disrict cover-up

By DAVID LOPEZ
editor@sbnewspaper.com

In the best interest of transparency, in his own words, Jack Garcia, former SBCISD Director of After School Programs and former mayor of San Benito, decided to speak to the media in an open conference Tuesday, detailing the events leading up to his termination from the school district and his current status.

Garcia received 600 plus pages from SBCISD regarding its reasons for his termination. Nowhere in the five binders containing the reports are the Southwest Airlines tickets mentioned, according to Garcia. The group rate flight tickets were for a group of more than 50 students who were heading to a chess competition in Houston and totaled more than $17,000. According to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nate Carman, Garcia’s purchase of the tickets was unauthorized, leading to Garcia’s eventual termination on March 28.

“My purpose to come forward today is, I’m not sure if all relevant information relating to my case has been filtered off to all board members. I really don’t think all board members have a grasp of what they did. I’ve proved some decision makers couldn’t give a hoot about my livelihood because they’re not affected,” Garcia said.

SBCISD Director of Public Relations Isabel Gonzalez responded to inquiries about Garcia’s status Thursday morning. “Jack Garcia was terminated on Thursday, March 28, 2019. The District cannot comment any further as it is a personnel matter,” she wrote.

Garcia, who had been the after school programs director for 15 years, said he had never had to submit a purchase order for school-related travel such as the Houston chess trip.

Garcia and his attorney, Edward “Tony” Conners, filed a grievance against the school district and are currently between Level II and Level III in the grievance procedure.

In emails and documents provided by Garcia, received through an open records request to the district, Garcia outlined a timeline of events leading up to his termination.

 

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1 comment

  1. Seeking the Truth

    They sweep alot under the rug.. so how much did.. Kevin Phillips pocketed before he left…. U know that he had affair w a middle school principal..she was trying to blackmail.. that’s why he left months announced .. and of course w pay. Only those that work in payroll know how much.. there’s so much shady stuff going on..why did they need to remove a couple of elementary principals…?. I should of become a detective.. principals across the district are getting away w destroying teachers’ careers.
    Seeing all the B$ … Now I’ve come to realize what the cause for Dr Puig’s and Dr Vega’s abrupt exits.
    Those suing.. don’t give up… Those who know the truth… Speak up.. don’t be part of the cover up!

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