The chartered voucher school administration has apparently experienced an overturn of dozens of workers at St. Anthony’s High School in recent weeks.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
October 10, 2015
Milwaukee, WI – On Saturday, Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) has learned that dozens of workers have allegedly been fired or have quit from St. Anthony’s High School, the largest Catholic charter school in the country. The workers, some cooks, custodial workers and among others were let go for non-legal work status, according to sources and former employees affected.
At least 25 to 30 employees who work at the charter school for years might be out of a job or have been fired in the last two or three weeks. José Vásquez, the new President of St. Anthony’s High School has not released any information about how many employees were dismissed related to unauthorized work status.
Last year, St. Anthony’s H.S. administration began an internal work verification of employees at the elementary level and in late May of 2014, at least three employees were dismissed because they couldn’t prove their legal work status. The school administrators then expanded their internal work verification to the middle and high school as well, which at least up to 70 percent of employees could be affected and may lose their jobs for lack of legal work status in the country.
HNNUSA is trying to confirm the number of employees affected and if undocumented students at the chartered voucher school will also be targeted for removal from the program.
Last week, St. Anthony’s H.S. Athletic Director Brian Geittmann made news after he decided not to renew a contract with the Liga Juvenil García to use the indoor sports center facility located at 4807 S. 2nd St. affecting more than 1,000 teens including both males and females. The teens have no other place to practice or play indoor soccer, since October 2.
The Liga Juvenil García had been renting the St. Anthony’s H.S. sports facility for more than 9 years and recently paid about $56,000 for six months use. Three other soccer leagues have paid about the same totalling about $224,000 in rent fees from the four leagues using the facility.
Pablo García, the owner of the Liga Juvenil García has retained an attorney and on Saturday confirmed that family members, teens and supporters of the soccer league are planning to stage an upcoming protest and march denouncing Geittmann’s decision not to renew a contract with the Liga Juvenil García.