Sanchez Resigns From TUSD, Terms Unknown [Updated]

[Update] Sanchez will be paid $200,000 to leave. His base salary had been $240,00 with benefits that brought the total value of his contract to nearly a half a million dollars. [Read Sanchez Separation and Release Agreement here]

After word that damning information about the District’s finances would soon be released, Dr. H.T. Sanchez resigned from the Tucson Unified School District today. The Governing Board emerged from Executive Session without Sanchez.

According to numerous sources, Sanchez did not arrive at the meeting at all.

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Sources report that the financial information would show that the Superintendent had been advised that actions taken by the administration at his direction put the District at legal risk.

Prior to the vote to accept Sanchez’s resignation, Board member Kristel Foster read a statement into the record filled with inflammatory accusations and false claims about Sanchez’s record.

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After Foster’s hostile attack, Board member Rachael Sedgwick said that she looked forward to working with all members of the Board and that “no matter what vote we make on this agenda item,” said Sedgwick referring to Sanchez’s resignation, “I know we all have the best interest of the District in mind.”

Grijalva stated that Hicks and Sanchez had worked on his resignation that was a “compromise,” but stated she would not accept it.

The Board voted 3-2 to accpet his resignation. The terms are yet unknown.

The continued drop in enrollment will impact funding. This information was given to the Board during the discussion of Agenda Item #4

Contrary to claims made by Sanchez, Foster, and Grijalva the District continued to experience a decline in enrollment during his tenure.

Sanchez’s contract says the Governing Board has exclusive authority to determine employee compensation.

Administrators Abel Morado, Stephanie Boe, and Michelle Tong received contracts with substantial raises unapproved by the Governing Board.

In 2013, administrators Damon Jackson and Steve Holmes signed contracts of employment with TUSD. The contracts include various benefits, financial and otherwise, but neither contract specifies the possibility of a bonus. In June 2014, just before the end of the fiscal year, each administrator received a $10,000 payment, coded as a “bonus.” It appears that none of the other benefits that were specified in the signed contracts could produce such a $10,000 payment.

Sanchez is alleged to have violated his contract when he reportedly directed principals not to follow the Board approved policy: Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Sanchez’s contract specifically requires him to follow Governing Board policies.

Sanchez allowed Pueblo High Principal Augie Romero to violate State law when Romero changed student’s grades without their teacher’s consent.

Sanchez, who is not a certified educator by the Arizona State Board of Education, is required under the terms of his contract to follow the laws and regulations of the State of Arizona.

Sanchez was contacted on at least two occasions by authorities for failing to report assaults on employees or police as required by Arizona law.

27 Comments

  1. I knew this might happen. School board just like Pima County board supervisors taking money and putting it in the wrong place and wasting your tax dollars. After they screw you over they bail like cowards.

  2. SSDD in TUSD politics. He resigns before damaging info becomes public. Wonder how much he will get to walk away. Should have been fired for cause and Lord knows there was enough of them but the board didn’t have the guts. Vote to not accept his resignation and then fire his ass for cause. Simple. Wonder what spin his enablers will put on this fiasco. You know that they will. Anyway, HT, good bye and you screwed the taxpayers and students in this district at the direction of your three board lackeys. Sir, you are an unethical bastard and play the game for all its worth. Students was never a word in your vocabulary. You were an assistant superintendent when you were hired but had the title of acting. You didn’t have a clue. The Grijalva mafia loved you and that was all that mattered. $500K as a salary was total BS. Boe and the rest of the syncopates should also be fired or given the chance to resign. If they don’t resign, they are fired. The plug has been pulled on the drain and its time to let the tub full of sewer water drain. Once again, good riddance, HT, you so richly deserved it.

  3. Adios HT! It couldn’t happened to a worse superintendent! Now let’s show the door to Anna Maiden, Stephanie Boe, Matt Munger, Sam Brown, Mary Alice Wallace, Karla Soto, Frances Banuelas, Abel Morado, Maria Marin, etc.

  4. Nothing more to add…everyone above, pretty much summed it up!!! As a recently retired teacher who got cheated out of her 301 money, I have no sympathy what-so-ever!!!! He knew what he was doing. Sucks to get caught, doesn’t it HT!

  5. So I hear he gets about 200 grand…for damn near getting fired so bails out and resigns first and the teachers, in good standing, does not get 301 money???? Who in the hell feels sorry for him????

  6. Sanchez was a master at division.
    Everyone is divided upon his leaving. He’s far from TUSD’s only problem, he was just the biggest.
    Adios Dumbass.

  7. The ADS reported his severance package would be $200,000. There must be some really devastating information about his misdeeds for him to accept so little to get out of town. The Board also needs to fire the people Sanchez hired without the Board’s sanction or provided increased compensation without Board approval, i.,e. Stephanie Boe and Steve Holmes. This is an excellent opportunity to go out and hire a real superintendent who will not be beholden to the Grijlava machine or the Southern Arizona Leadership Conference. I hope the Board has the wisdom to do that.

  8. He should have been fired! I blame Hicks!

    Hicks is just going to hook up with Foster and Grijalva, and dump another left wing nut job on our laps.

  9. Good bye. And good riddance. TUSD kids and teachers deserve far superior leadership. The Mean Girls were on full display last night. And they too should be held accountable. Elections have results and these two voting records should not be forgotten.

  10. Stay the course hicks, please stay strong and look out for number 1, no it’s not you, it’s the kids, fight the evil forces and stay on the path true and focused.

    Those evil bastards never sleep or quit the sick crap they spew.

    The majority will be attacted 24/7-365 just use each other for strength and remember the kids getting moved forward even though they couldn’t pass to deserve it.

    Show all the kids what evil really is and that poor actions have consequences in real world non victim life.

    Remember the tiny few that crowd the board meetings are but a grain of sand on a beach that want all this crazy crap going on.

    May the power be with all three majority members.

    GOD bless TUSD and AMERICA

  11. Stay the course hicks, please stay strong and look out for number 1, no it’s not you, it’s the kids, fight the evil forces and stay on the path true and focused.

    Those evil bastards never sleep or quit the sick crap they spew.

    The majority will be attacted 24/7-365 just use each other for strength and remember the kids getting moved forward even though they couldn’t pass to deserve it.

    Show all the kids what evil really is and that poor actions have consequences in real world non victim life.

    Remember the tiny few that crowd the board meetings are but a grain of sand on a beach that want all this crazy crap going on.

    May the power be with all three majority members.

    GOD bless TUSD and AMERICA

  12. The entire school board must resign.
    They are beyond incompetent. Wasted millions of dollars.

  13. A large step for TUSD, teachers, parents, and most of all students. All for nothing if the majority board does not seize the opportunity and plug the other holes in this sinking ship. Hopefully Morado, Boe, and others will take heed and also fall on their swords. A lot of work is still required to bring back respect and confidence to this district.

  14. I truly believe there must be a full investigation of Sanchez, the board and his staff. Paying this fraud $200K is insane. Grijalva and Sanchez must be investigated.

  15. TUSD must be broken up into smaller districts. I pulled my kids out of TUSD years ago.
    Very good decision.

  16. So, for all of his malfeasance, HT gets $200,000.00 & probably a good recommendation since he resigned as opposed to getting fired, which should have happened. Great lesson for all of the students in TUSD; be a crook, get away with it, and make serious bank in the process. The students won’t forget that Civics lesson anytime soon!

  17. Did we also get a “Radtke” agreement NOT to ever work for TUSD again? I love those. Maybe someday it will be coined the Huckleberry agreement.

    Get out and stay out.

  18. The Grijalva machine had its first crack when it couldn’t re-elect Cam Juarez…..now after pulling out all of their political games, HT resigned!! Let’s hope this is the beginning of the end for this dynasty so Adelita can fade into the sunset.

  19. If I as an officer of a corporation (not a government organization) expended funds in a manner that conflicts with my contract requiring board approval, I can guarantee that I would not be rewarded with a $200K bonus upon resignation. It’s time to “drain the swamp” in TUSD…..

  20. Varney has written a letter indicating Sanchez was “railroaded”. If the Chamber President and Board support a crook, what does that say about their ethics. Shameful.

  21. The FBI have been called in to investigate Sanchez, Grijalva and the rest of the TUSD
    school board crimes have been committed.

  22. Should anyone have Varney letter please share it with me. I will go to next meeting at that Chamber and express my outrage.

    The focus needs to be the classroom. The support idea of breaking district into say three smaller Districts.
    I believe it would be a great & badly needed change.

    Term limits can you get the Republican who dominate the State Legislature to make that a law! Imagine the City of Tucson Council would be gone. Majority of bos and Adelita would have been terminated years ago.

    To the TUSD majority I commit to helping anyway I can.

    For you ADI followers DO NOT attack the board majority they just did the whole community a huge favor.

    Encouragement not admonishment. Keep it up Mike, Mark and Rachael.

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