We'll get to the vote on a new contract for Laredo firefighters in a moment, but first, an employee of Kristi Lins Academy is speaking out tonight, claiming they are cutting corners in numerous areas to keep their license. She also says employees are being treated poorly and has had enough, forcing her to call pro 8 news problem solvers. Our Ryan Bailey has more in our top story tonight. Claims of kids not being given the proper amount of food and employees not being paid for hours they have worked are just a couple of issues Delia Ponce has with her current employer.
Ponce's says her situation came to a head this past Friday, when police were called to the Academy, after heated discussions and management demanding she leave the building. She says it began as an argument over taking an hour break, one she never has been forced to take in the past.
"I was in care of 16 kids and like I said, if they're not going to pay me the hour, then the kids were by themselves."
After this she claims the owners wanted her to quit, going so far as to draw up resignation papers for her.
"She threw it on my face and told me to sign it. I told her I’m not going to sign it. I am not quitting."
Later that evening she got a text saying she was not on the schedule for Monday. They said she was not fired but that they did have many complaints against her. When she requested to see her file, they refused saying she needed legal assistance for that.
"An attorney had to get it for me and she told me "Get out. You're not scheduled so you're not allowed to be in this building at all."
Ponce thinks this stems back to things she would bring to the owner's attention dealing with how things were being run.
"I started telling them a lot of things that I would see in school and they were always telling me that they were scared of me."
She claims they tell teachers to act differently and do things by the book when licensing agencies are around.
"They tell them, "Remember you need to do this" and "Remember to do that" and they try and cover up things."
She says despite the difficulties the Academy remains a quality place for one reason.
"Kristi Lins is Kristi Lins because of the teachers inside, not because of the owner or who runs the school. It's because of us, the teachers inside."
Kristi Lins Academy refused to go air but did say this is a case of a disgruntled employee that was failing to adhere to the schedule. They also claim that she has made threats to the Academy in the past, but at this point is still employed at Kristi Lins. Reporting from the studio, Ryan Bailey, pro 8 news.
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