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Southside ISD addresses settlement in trustee's lawsuit

Former employee and current board member appealing judge's decision

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SAN ANTONIO - Southside ISD took another step Tuesday evening in addressing a lawsuit filed against the district by former employee who is now a current school board trustee

Alma Guzman was fired from her position as SISD maintenance manager in 2010 for what she claims were retaliatory reasons.

Guzman, who worked for the district for 30 years, says her termination was the result of bringing to light alleged wrongdoings within SISD.

She then ran for SISD School Board as she prepared to sue.

But in December 2012, a federal judge ruled that Guzman's claims against the district had no merit, so now she is appealing that decision.

During Tuesday's meeting, school board members- minus Guzman- met with the district's attorneys behind closed doors and decided how to respond to Guzman's settlement demand.

Craig Wood, an attorney representing SISD, decline to reveal just how the district plans to respond or the dollar amount of Guzman's demand.

"Obviously there will be further discussion as to what might or might not be done," Wood said. "In the meantime, the litigation is pending so the 5th Circuit is free to render a decision once its right for a decision."

While both sides are in negotiations, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals could still decide to make a ruling.

Guzman's attorney was not present at Tuesday's meeting and she did not agree to an interview.


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