The decision in May by Laredo Community College NOT to include Lily Tercero among the finalists for president of that institution may end up costing Texas Southmost College a small fortune.
Mischievously, many at TSC wished Laredo had actually hired the obviously incompetent Tercero, saving TSC from having to terminate her, while paying her ample salary, hiring an interim, then launching an expensive nationwide search for a replacement. Simple arithmetic indicates those moves could cost hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars.
All of this is compounded by the inexplicable, recent decision by the Board of Trustees to, not only extend Tercero's contract for three more years, but to give her a raise. That decision is dumb on so many levels. What was the hurry, the rush to add salary to someone not doing a good job? Who was the board bidding against?
It literally blows my mind that Kiko Rendon, Ed Rivera and Trey Mendez would vote for this, along with Art Rendon and Dr. Rey Garcia.
Of course, replacing Tercero is not the college's current top priority. Saving the school is.
Tercero knows that her performance has not impressed the CURRENT Board of Trustees. Her job application at Laredo Community College shows she saw the writing on the proverbial wall. Her mishandling of the windstorm insurance policy, financial gaffes and the horrible decline of the school's nursing program are clearly nails on her employment coffin.
Being terminated for cause is an option that could protect taxpayer assets. It could easily be argued that correcting Tercero's mishandling of the windstorm insurance will cost a bundle, but, more than that, reports indicate that Tercero has failed to apply for grants that could have meant hundreds of thousands of dollars for TSC.
Addendum: Dr. Lily Tercero was due for extension consideration on June 30, 2016. Since former Chairman Kiko Rendon and Board Trustee Ed Rivera were leaving before that date, they, along with Dr. Rey Garcia, Art Rendon and Trey Mendez voted Tercero the extension a couple months early as they knew that the next board would not favor such an move. There was no raise. Tercero's current salary stands at $228,000. I still have not received an explanation as to WHY it was so urgent to extend Tercero for three years. No other schools were trying to hire her away and she was not doing a good job.
Sunday, July 31, 2016
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