Tuesday the Midland College Board of Trustees voted to approve settlement of Ramos vs. Midland College.
After nearly one year of legal battles between former head softball coach Tommy Ramos and several players, the upgrades will be made to the facilities.
In May 2017, the lawsuit was filed because Ramos thought the softball facilities were not up to par with the baseball facilities.
“We regret that we had this lawsuit but we feel this settlement is something we can be proud of doing- something that we will do and I think everyone is happy with the outcome,” said Rebecca Bell, Dean, Community Relations And Special Events.
“It appears right now with our administration that none of them have daughters that are in sports. and if they have grand kids they you would think they’d understand. that they’d want them to have the same experiences,” said Tommy Ramos, Former Head Softball Coach.
Upgrades planned over the next two years for the MC softball complex include, installing lights, enlarging the dugouts, renovating bleachers to provide more comfortable seating and replacing hte portable building currently being used as a locker room.
“You know, I don’t know if we actually learned any lessons except that we always want to do what’s best for our students and if this is whats best for our students than this is what we are going to do at Midland College,” said Bell.
Bell said the renovations will begin after this softball season is over and is expected to be complete in two years.
By the time the upgrades begin the players who joined the lawsuit will have graduated and Ramos wont be around either, as he took a job in New Mexico.
Midland College President Dr Steve Thomas addressed the settlement with a statement that reads, “Midland College is moving in the right direction to provide equitable facilities for our softball team. We want to make sure that we are meeting the needs of our athletic teams.”