The seven members of the Alice Independent School District approved the resignation and partial payout of Alice Head Coach Chris Soza's contract at the school board special meeting Thursday night.

The board members went into executive session for approximately an hour and a half to discuss an agreement made by Superintendent Dr. Grace Everett and Coach Soza.

The district will pay out approximately $23,000 which is about half of what he's owed on his contract, according to school board officials.

“I've had several interactions with Coach Soza in order to come to an agreement,” Everett said. “I hope he's happy with the agreement we settled on. I believe the agreement accommodates him and is fair.”

Coach Soza turned in his formal resignation letter earlier this week, according to Dr. Everett.

Soza made an announcement at the Alice Coyote Booster Club's Fall Sports Banquet that he would not be the district’s athletic director or head football coach next season.

According to Dr. Everett, the district has started advertising Coach Soza's position.

The posting states that the primary purpose of the job is to “direct and manage the overall program of extracurricular and intramural athletics for the district. Work to provide each student with opportunity to participate in an extracurricular athletic activity and ensure compliance with all state, University Interscholastic League (UIL), and local requirements.”

Earlier this year Soza along with other coaching staff were cut the number of work days and their stipends. Soza was the only school administrator to lose paid work days, which he filed a grievance. He lost the appeal. 

Coach Soza's last day with the Alice ISD is Jan. 15.