The Tucson Unified School District has a new superintendent.
The governing board voted four to one to offer Dr. H.T. Sanchez the superintendent position.
"The process was what the process was. The district is definitely between a rock and a hard place. Timing is crucial, we've got to keep moving with a lot of really important things, and I think he's going to be great at the job," said TUSD parent Betts Putnam-Hidalgo.
"To be able to speak to us and tell us talk to us about what he's planning on doing, what he's done in the past, and clear up any questions from the forum we had from the night before was a very positive way of doing things," said past Tucson Education Association president Marivel Roybal.
Board member Mark Stegeman voted no for Sanchez because he thought that the district needs a superintendent with more experience; however, he said that he will support Dr. Sanchez 100 percent now that the board has decided to hire him.
Board president Adelita Grijalva said that Dr. Sanchez is intent on listening to the community when he gets here, which is one of the features that she considers important.
"He's very charismatic, really thoughtful, very intelligent, and I think that he's going to be able to speak to a percentage of our community that has felt really neglected and that's our Spanish speaking community. He's also bilingual and I think that is important," said TUSD Governing Board President Adelita Grijalva.
Dr. Sanchez has yet to formally accept the position, as the contract is still under negotiation. The posted salary range is $190,000 to $215,000 a year and will likely be a few years long. If he accepts the position, he could be here by mid July.
Sanchez was formerly an interim superintendent, deputy superintendent and assistant superintendent since 2010 for the Ector County Independent School District in Odessa, Texas.
He was the only finalist for the position.
Pedicone held the position since January of 2011 and announced his resignation in March. He will continue to fill the interim superintendent capacity until Sanchez arrives in Tucson.
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