Edinburg super lone finalist for Brownsville ISD

The Brownsville Independent School District is poised to name Rene Gutierrez, the superintendent of the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District since 2009, the lone finalist to lead BISD.

The BISD Board of Trustees on Monday posted the agenda for a special called board meeting to be held at 2 p.m. Thursday to name Gutierrez the lone finalist for the superintendent’s position that has been open since January.

Gutierrez confirmed the potential appointment, saying he is excited at the prospect of returning to Brownsville to lead the Rio Grande Valley’s largest school district.

The Edinburg and Brownsville school districts are often compared. Gutierrez said the ECISD has 43 campuses and more than 40,000 students, while BISD has 58 campuses and more than 45,000 students. BISD is the largest in terms of the number of students, while ECISD is the largest in terms of geographic area.

Gutierrez attended schools in Mexico as a child, immigrated to McAllen and graduated from McAllen High School in 1983.

He then earned an associate’s degree in applied science from Texas Southmost College, and his bachelor’s in business administration from Pan American University-Brownsville in 1987.

He went on to earn his master’s degree in education from the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg and received his doctoral degree in educational leadership from the same school. His doctoral dissertation is titled “Factors Contributing to the Academic Achievement of Mexican-Origin Immigrant High School Students.”

Gutierrez said his wife also attended the University of Texas Pan American-Brownsville, “So I’m familiar with the community and it’s a place we’re looking forward to going back to.”

Under Gutierrez’s leadership, the Edinburg school district was named a recognized school district by the Texas Education Agency.

Should the BISD board name Gutierrez the lone finalist, there would be a 21-day waiting period mandated by state law before he could be offered a contract

That would place the date he could begin work at June 28. The district’s fiscal year ends on June 30, meaning Gutierrez could take the reins at a natural time from one fiscal year to the next.