Dr. Manuel Isquierdo has withdrawn his name as a finalist from the superintendent position for the San Antonio school district. Here is Isquierdo's letter of withdrawal to SAISD Board President Ed Garza:
Dr. Mr. Garza
I want to thank you and the SAISD board in naming me as loan finalist for the superintendent of San Antonio Independent School District.
I had hoped that my financial situation wouldn't be the focus, that the more important task was finding the right leader. I commend the San Antonio board for taking that initial step with me.
The situation regarding credit card expenses happened five years ago and the intensity of media focus on this issue and my personal finances is distracting attention from the important work that has to happen in San Antonio.
I find it painful to face this negative media focus and criticism again on the issues that were resolved five years ago. Because of this, it will be difficult for me to build the necessary community relationships to begin a successful era of transformation at San Antonio Independent School District. If I am going to fight battles, I want to make sure they are the right battles that make a difference in transforming education in urban communities.
Please accept my withdrawal from candidacy as lone finalist for the superintendent of San Antonio Independent School District.
Manuel L. Isquierdo, Ed.D.
SAISD Board President Ed Garza confirmed the withdrawal to district employees:
After nine months of searching, the SAISD board at the Monday April 8th board meeting, voted unanimously (7-0) on naming Dr. Manuel Isquierdo a finalist for the Superintendent position. However, before a final decision was to be made, the board felt it important to seek citizen input and allow for public vetting of the candidate. Over the past week, several media outlets reported on the candidate and background information, with some of the information previously known by the board and some not known.
Dr. Isquierdo visited San Antonio for the day on Thursday to present his experience, vision and qualifications, as well as answer questions from the media. After returning home and consulting with his family, Dr. Isquierdo chose to withdraw his name as finalist. He alerted me of this decision at 2:30 this afternoon, saying that he believed this was in the best interest of all parties involved.
SAISD is fortunate to have a strong interim leader in Dr. Sylvester Perez. Under his leadership, I am confident the district will finish the school year strong and begin preparation for next year. I commend each of you for staying true to our mission during the process and committed to National Model standards by your actions.
Finally, please know the board will continue to work diligently on the selection of the next leader for SAISD. The board is committed in finding a permanent, long-term leader with the experience, character, fortitude and vision to transform SAISD into a National Model Urban School District.
SAISD Board President
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