The TUSD governing board voted three to two to approve H.T. Sanchez, Ed.D. as the finalist for district superintendent. Michael Hicks and Mark Stegeman voted against the move. Stegeman said that the vote was not against Dr. Sanchez but was against the move to not have two or three finalists out of a field of 67 applicants.
Dr. Sanchez is currently interim superintendent at Ector County Independent School District in west Texas. His biography on the district website says that he has been an elementary, middle, and high school principal. It also says that he has been assistant superintendent for accountability and special populations. His bio also says that he teaches doctoral level school law and doctoral level ethics at Texas A & M University-Commerce as an adjunct professor. But TUSD would be his first job as a full superintendent. TUSD currently has more than 29,000 students, according to a press release from their website.
Board president Adelita Grijalva, Cam Juarez, and Kristel Ann Foster voted for Dr. Sanchez. Grijalva said that Sanchez is prepared to handle the challenges of implementing the unitary plan to get TUSD out from under the decades old desegregation order, declining enrollment, and reduced state funding.
"Many of the issues that his district has dealt with, we're going through the process right now and, so, I think that his feedback was really, and some of the answers were really enlightening about some of the different ways that we can be addressing some things, and so I really am optimistic that when he has an opportunity to speak to the community that they'll be excited," Grijalva said.
The public will get to meet Dr. Sanchez at Catalina Magnet High School from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Grijalva said that the board will be watching how the public reacts to Dr. Sanchez. Should Dr. Sanchez not be hired as superintendent, Grijalva said that the board can return to the other applicants for another selection. They interviewed four candidates last weekend. While Dr. John Pedicone resigns at the end of the month, he has agreed to stay as an interim superintendent if the board needs more time for its search.
The public forum can also be found online on the "Audio of Meetings" tab at www.tusd1.org/governingboard.
The new superintendent is expected to be named at an upcoming board meeting.
Dr. Sanchez's resume and biography are attached.
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