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Did HT Sanchez violate his termination contract last week which banned him from TUSD schools?

End of the termination contract signed by TUSD board president Michael Hicks and former superintendent HT Sanchez.

Part of former TUSD Superintendent HT Sanchez’s termination contract, which TUSD upheld by paying him $200,000, was that HT was supposed to go away and STAY away from TUSD. He appears to have violated his side of the contract and many are wondering when he will have to pay TUSD back the one-fifth of a million dollars that he should owe the district.

When HT Sanchez agreed to resign as TUSD Superintendent exactly 3 months ago on the last day of February, a termination contract was agreed upon by both TUSD and HT. It was signed and dated and above you can see that there is a severability clause.

Ever since then, board members have stated in radio interviews and even community forums that there is a non-disparagement clause which states that no TUSD board member can speak negatively regarding HT Sanchez and vice-versa.  It appears TUSD is trying to uphold its end of the bargain.

Also part of that agreement was to pay $200,000 within ten days, which should have made for a helluva Spring Break for HT Sanchez who no longer has to work and yet gets paid what would take more than a decade for a substitute teacher in TUSD, now outsourced to ESI thanks to HT Sanchez.

Again, it appears that TUSD is upholding its end of the bargain.

There is another part of the agreement that many may not know about. Item 10 regards an “Immediate Exit.” To summarize it says that HT Sanchez must return all keys and property and records, etc. It also says:

In addition, Sanchez agrees not to return to his office, and/or any TUSD property or buildings, including 1010 E. Tenth Street… and agrees to refrain from any future communication with TUSD personnel.

There is an exception that is granted, but it must be granted by the Governing Board, and as far as we can recall no such exception was ever voted upon at any board meeting. Even if such an exception was granted, he must remain “in the company of TUSD security personnel.”

In other words, the contract is saying go the hell away and stay away, and only in extraordinary circumstances may you visit, but you must be with TUSD Security at all times.

TUSD security escort for Three Sonorans for not giving my home address during the public call to the audience.

I was reminded of when the Governing Board President Adelita Grijalva had me escorted out of a board meeting during my turn to speak at the call to the audience, all because I simply refused to state my address publicly.

TUSD security escorted me the entire time, all the way to the parking lot.

Surely, this is what is meant in this contract by being in the company of TUSD security personnel?

Or do rules never apply to HT Sanchez?

Surely he thought the Desegregation Order never applied to him…

Last week was high school graduation in TUSD

It was curious how HT Sanchez could be chosen to be the guest speaker at the University High School graduation without having “communication with TUSD personnel.” Someone at UHS must have been communicating with HT to plan out the graduation ceremonies.

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Furthermore, now that HT lives in Texas, TUSD was once again picking up the tab for HT Sanchez to travel and stay in Tucson for this visit surrounded by TUSD personnel that should have been prohibited by his contract.

Perhaps UHS used Desegregation Funds to pay for HT Sanchez to visit?

Dr. Sanchez as the keynote speaker for UHS graduation. Get in the arena and fight!

Why would they want him to speak anyways? Under his tenure, he took UHS which was ranked #4 in the nation to being ranked #15 this past year. TUSD PR was so giddy to publicize the return of the disastrous man, posting photos of him all over their Facebook page.

One of their captions above was from Dr. Sanchez and to “get in the arena and fight!” This is all very ironic since he’s the man who just quit and left Tucson. The only thing he did fight was the Desegregation Order, whistleblowers, and of course, the Truth.

In order to allow HT Sanchez, who is banned from TUSD schools and property, to be the keynote speaker, University HS was the only high school to not have their graduation on their school property, but instead at the UA’s Centennial Hall.

So maybe he didn’t violate another term of his termination by not stepping foot on TUSD property with the UHS graduation, but then there was his visit to Mary Meredith which puts him in clear violation of his agreement.

HT Sanchez sets foot on TUSD property, not escorted by TUSD security at all times.

Now whether or not you think HT Sanchez is dangerous or not to be around minors and personnel without TUSD security escorting him is not the issue. The issue is that he accepted a whopping $200,000 and agreed to stay away!

Does this mean we can get our money back? He has clearly severed his contract several times.

However, TUSD’s love affair with HT Sanchez gets even more bizarre once you look the TUSD diplomas that were handed out this year…

TUSD diplomas are signed by HT Sanchez, not the current TUSD Superintendent Dr. Trujillo. (Named blurred to protect identity of student).

The TUSD diplomas include the signature of TUSD board president Michael Hicks, the Principal of the corresponding school, and Superintendent… HT Sanchez???

Are these diplomas even valid?

When will TUSD and HT Sanchez agree to the terms of their divorce? They are not supposed to have contact with each other. Sanchez is not the victim here since he agreed to it and took $200,000 to abide by it.

Yet for some reason, TUSD cannot let go nor can HT let go of his loyal women…

Four years later, only one “mere freshman” graduated and one flunked out and became a forest ranger.

This also comes during the week that we learned that a federal judge has denied the infamous motion for partial unitary status that Kristel Foster promised us all would be granted because of HT’s magic hand when working with racism and segregation in schools. Unfortunately, all we got from Sanchez was a school district more mired in debt and violations of federal court orders to desegregate TUSD.

Why Tucson Democrats are fighting desegregation in schools makes one wonder if they have returned to being the Dixiecrats that filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act and had their 1924 Democratic National Convention nicknamed  “Klanbake.” Segregation in TUSD now, segregation in TUSD forever?

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20 comments on “Did HT Sanchez violate his termination contract last week which banned him from TUSD schools?
  1. Kind of a tempest in a teapot since no one ever remembers who was the guest speaker at any high school graduation by a year later. However, also interesting that UHS would invite Sanchez to be there, given that so many UHS parents and teachers worked to get him removed from his job by promoting his opponents on the school board. I would like to see a listing of each high school graduation this year and who from central administration/board was present. Correlation to school success, personal connections, school ranking, parental contributions, or some other factors as yet unknown? Still, it is a tempest in a teapot.

    • My main point here is that he agreed not to step foot on TUSD property anymore, yet he did. He’s either trespassing or rules don’t apply to him?

  2. If he is exempt from the rules of his contract, then TUSD should be exempt from paying him his $200,000.00. I know a number of teachers who could think of something much more useful to do with that money, something that might actually help the kids of the district. I actually had a supporter of his who is highlighted in this very article question the notion that it is unethical and very likely illegal for him to have given away so many raises, and so many bonuses, without Board approval. “He helped me get stuff for my school” was what I was told. Well, my friend, that is how patronage works, and that is how caudillos work. Its the old ward boss system: suck up to me, and I shall bestow upon you favors….. This man should NEVER be held up as an example to our kids. Whats the example? That you hire many incompetent cuates, break all the rules to give them big money with a big cocky smile and a lot of snake oil and get way way ahead until you get caught? Please TUSD, tell me you are better than this!

  3. Also, Interested Citizen, you can either comb the schools websites and Facebook pages to find out which district administrator or which forcibly retired failure that once was a district administrator attended their graduation or you can file a FOIA for that information, if you can’t get the numerous directors to simply hand it over. When you do get it, please publish it. And finally, how did UHS parents and teachers work so hard to bring his detractors on to the Board? He spent a good deal of his career trying to curry favor with them…..and they even asked him to come to their graduation so…????

  4. He spoke at Mary Merideth’s graduation! Was he paid to speak? Was his travel and accommodations paid for my TUSD? Can you request a FOIA for these questions?

    • Yes, you can request a copy of all payments made to HT Sanchez since February through the end of June and all payments that are planned to be made to HT Sanchez.

      Who knows what other interesting payments you may discover.

  5. Schools, graduating students, and attending admin/bd
    ACT/CTP 10 Juarez, Duncan
    AGAVE 20 Hicks, Foster, Grijalva, Sedgwick, Trujillo
    CATALINA NA Morrison
    CHOLLA NA Grijalva?
    MARY MEREDITH 6 Stegeman, Sanchez, Munger, Foster, Grijalva, Hicks, Soto, Maiden, Boe, Morado, Duncan?
    PALO VERDE NA Munger
    PROJECT MOORE NA Sedgwick, Grijalva, Foster, Hicks, Trujillo, McCullum
    PUEBLO NA Foster?
    RINCON NA Maiden
    SABINO NA Morado
    SANTA RITA 100 Hicks
    TAP 9 Trujillo, Foster, Grijalva
    TUCSON 757 Stegeman, Trujillo
    UNIVERSITY 246 Sanchez, Sedgwick, McCullum

    Info from TUSD posted pictures. ? indicate probable, but not certain, attendance.

    • Kristel Foster was at Pueblo HS acting as if she were Part of the Pueblo community. BTW, Auggie talked about the vandalism that happened this school year to the graduates. Wasn’t it HIS masters keys that were lost?!?!

        • Yes. TUSD missed the April 15 deadline to notify certified administrators that their contracts weren’t going to be renewed. HR didn’t bring the administrators contracts before the Board until May 7, too late for the Board to do anything about him and some others.

          Of course, Assististant Superintendent Morado with a salary of $111,000 or Director Munger whose salary is not too much lower, could have made sure Mr. Romero was notified before the deadline. Obviously, they didn’t.

  6. The Circus Packed Its Tents and Left Town But the Clown Insisted on Returning for One More Disgraceful Stunt

    This is about the cheesiest and most childish stunt yet. How stupid to bring someone back to talk to high school graduates who has served as the very worst as a role model. Sanchez is not inspirational. He is not a good speaker. Too boot, he was a liar (still is); he was a cheater (in every way possible); he violated TUSD policy and state law; he was corrupt; he was insincere; he used people; he appointed a lot of brainless puppets; he was paranoid; he was a retaliator; and he played his Board majority. Someone on FB commented that the picture of Sanchez, Grijalva, Juarez, and Foster made them want to cry. I feel the same way but it is out of disgust and not delusion. Adelita and Kristel need to give it up. The emperor has no clothes. Stop parading his sorry naked ass all over Tucson. University High and Mary Meredith principals- forever shame on you.

  7. And even more than shame on you, what are the legal ramifications of appearing ON TUSD GROUNDS for the graduation at Mary Meredith? Can he just sashay around breaking contracts as if he is above such mundane rules? And should the president of ELI be colluding with him to break those rules? Personally, I think it reflects poorly on both of them…..and bears correction. Student role model anyone? Follow the rules because I say so….or the old Do as I Say, NOT as I Do. TUSD, you have to do better. Sanchez, we paid you, we taxpayers, $200,000 to STAY AWAY. If you can’t do that, why should you get to keep that $200,000, and why should we honor non-badmouthing clauses, or anything else about the contract?

  8. Someone at 1010 central knew this was being planned. And Dr Trujillo had to be in the loop and approved. And surely the Mean Girls were in on it. Those two women do not care about the kids nor the teachers. Their only concern is their political brand. Which by the way took a big hit in the court of public opinion. Kristel would rather burn the district to the ground and poison the wells before admitting she was wrong about anything.

  9. Just so you know, UHS has, for many years, had their graduation at UA Centennial Hall. It is a space/ scheduling issue, with 2 schools on one campus. It was not done so HT could attend. I do not support the idea of HT as a graduation speaker, but the location was not changed so he could attend UHS’ graduation.

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