The resignation of former Veterans Memorial High School Coach Diana Lerma was rescinded on May 31. In the amended settlement agreement, two paragraphs were deleted from the original agreement, among other changes.
Progress Times stated in a June 10 article that the board of trustees voted to approve the rescission was 4-2 vote, with Minnie Rodgers and Petra Ramirez dissenting. Upon further review video of the special board meeting, the vote was actually 3-2.
Jerry Zamora, Charlie Garcia III and board president Patricia O’Caña-Olivarez voted for the rescission, Rodgers and Ramirez were the dissenting votes, Roy Vela was not present at the meeting and Dr. Sonia Treviño abstained from the vote. However, it was not stated at the board meeting that she abstained.
The rescission was contingent on Lerma’s execution of the amendment to her settlement agreement that was created October 21, 2015. The amended agreement states that Lerma will continue to be employed with the district through June 2, 2016 or until her employment ends, in accordance with Education Code, Chapter 21, whichever is later. Lerma is now on a regular annual contract with the district.
In the original settlement agreement, it states that the letter of resignation is irrevocable, effective June 2, 2016. The amended agreement states that paragraph is now deleted from the agreement.
The original agreement also states that Mission CISD is to release Lerma before June 2, 2016, if she requests. The amendment states that paragraph is also deleted.
Paragraph 4 of the original agreement states that the district agreed to place Lerma on administrative leave with full pay and benefits through her last day of employment. Per the amendment, the former VMHS coach is required to return to her assigned duties, effective June 1.
Prior to being placed on administrative leave, Lerma was reassigned to a teaching position at Alton Memorial Jr. High, which is where she will be returning.