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Oct 3, 2009 8:52 PM

Cesar Chavez Board fires top executives

The Cesar Chavez Academy board fired three top executives late Friday night. Dr. Lawrence Hernandez, his wife, Annette Hernandez, and administrator Velia Rincon were all fired after the board met in executive session for 11 hours Friday night.

"Things were going on that we felt were very not appropriate for the school environment," said Dennis Feuerstein, the schoolboard's president.

Last week, the board relieved Dr. Hernandez of his duties as CEO of the school network, but left him in place as executive director of Cesar Chavez Academy and Dolores Huerta High School.

"He felt it was an illegal action and so he would not honor that," said Feuerstein.

Feuerstein says there was no "smoking gun" and the board tried to negotiate.  "We made them some great offers and they declined," he said.

He wouldn't disclose the terms of the offers but says it was a difficult decision. "I think maybe they lost sight of the vision and the focus and Pueblo," he said.

Despite all of these changes, Feuerstein says school will go on as normal on Monday, continuing Dr. Hernandez's original mission without him.

 The Hernandezes did not return our calls for an interview, and we couldn't reach Velia Rincon.

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