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Mora Schools staff reinstated

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The Associated Press

SANTA FE  — A judge ruled this week that the Mora Independent School District must reinstate three employees who were fired without cause more than a year ago.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that former superintendent LeAnne Salazar-Montoya ousted teacher Edwina Romero and counselors Paulyette Perea and Lisa Yescas without specifying reasons why, prompting the American Federation of Teachers to later sue.

The lawsuit came after the district refused to rehire the employees when an arbitrator ruled the district to reinstate them in April.

The Tuesday ruling from Judge Alan Malott of Albuquerque orders the district to give the employees full back pay and benefits and to maintain their district seniority ranking.

The judge also gave the union the option to petition the court to have the district cover all legal fees in the case.