South Texas ISD selects superintendent finalist

MERCEDES — The board of trustees at South Texas Independent School District named Marco Antonio Lara Jr. the sole finalist for the superintendent position.

Lara is the current deputy director for Region One Education Service Center, a position he has held for the last 12 years. If hired for the role, he will succeed Marla Guerra, who has led South Texas ISD for the last 17 years and is retiring once a successor is selected.

Now that Lara has been named sole finalist, the board must wait for a 21-day period before a contract can be prepared and approved by the board.

We appreciate the outstanding leadership that Dr. Guerra provided, and we will miss her,” said board president Joe Lopez in a news release. “At the same time, we are thrilled and very excited about the opportunity to hire someone with the experience, leadership and personality that Dr. Lara brings to our district. We look very much forward to a bright future and to Dr. Lara’s transition to our team.”

Lara’s tenure in education also includes working for the San Perlita school district, first as teacher and later moving on to the roles of chief financial officer and superintendent of schools.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and a doctorate degree from the University of Texas-Pan American.

I am honored and humbled for this tremendous opportunity that the board has given me,” Lara said in the release. “My family and I are very anxious to become part of this outstanding district and look forward to transitioning into the district as soon as possible. My hope is to contribute every way possible to continue the great work that Dr. Guerra and the board have done for many years.”