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Sunnyside superintendent faces heat at home after seeking job elsewhere

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TUCSON, AZ (TNN) – The Sunnyside Unified School District school superintendent defended his job here Tuesday, after not getting one in Texas.

After having his personal finances, traffic violations, and issues here in the Sunnyside district brought into public, many at Tuesday night's meeting said that he should resign.

But Dr. Manuel Isquierdo defended his record of increasing graduations, as he pointed out that when he arrived five years earlier, Sunnyside graduated about 500 students a year.  Now, the number is more than 800 a year.  And he said that those seniors had to pass the state AIMS test to be legitimate graduates.

The board room was full until it became standing room only and spilled out into the lobby.  Plenty of heated comments came up at call to the audience.  The comments and criticisms, along with the responses from the superintendent and the board, lasted well beyond an hour.

Dr. Isquierdo withdrew from a superintendent opening in San Antonio after his personal finances, foreclosures, unpaid traffic tickets, as well as his use of the district credit card which he repaid, came up.

He has one more year on his contract, which can pay more than $300,000 a year.  Many at Tuesday night's meeting said that he should resign or be fired.  But he said that he is determined to stay on at the district. 

 At least one board member, Eva Carillo Dong, spoke in Isquierdo's defense.

Board member Daniel Hernandez, who has said that the district needs to let Isquierdo go in order to get public trust and support for budget overrides, attended via speakerphone and did not counter Dong's comments.

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