Edinburg school district names interim super

EDINBURG — The school board here has named Gilbert Garza, a former Edinburg CISD superintendent, to serve in an interim capacity following superintendent René Gutiérrez’s pending departure.

Gutiérrez is slated to take the lead at Brownsville ISD after 10 years of helming the Edinburg school district. The Brownsville school board had named Gutiérrez the lone finalist for the position there on June 6, according to the Brownsville Herald.

Per state law, there is a 21-day waiting period between naming a lone finalist and for a school board to approve the contract for the new superintendent.

The Edinburg school board will hold a special meeting Friday to approve Gutiérrez’s resignation from the district.

Edinburg CISD Board President Robert Peña said Garza retired from the district as superintendent about 10 years ago.

“ He is well-known, well-respected, a beloved member of our community and our district, and we are excited that he has considered to come help us take the reins of the district until we go through the search process,” Peña said.

As interim superintendent, he will oversee the day-to-day operations, assisting in the budget process in July and August, among other duties, he said.

There were about three or four people recently considered for the interim superintendent position, Peña said.

Trustee Mike Farias said that although leadership may change, the teachers and staff make up the “foundation” for the district. Farias said board members should not “micromanage” and that the superintendent is the one to handle daily operations.

“ Leadership is gonna change, but it doesn’t change the foundation of our district,” Farias said.

Farias said he hopes to fill the position permanently with someone who is well-rounded and will serve all students.

“ We are going to take our time, open it up publicly and openly to the interest of… what we hope would be good individuals out there…” Peña said. “We’re going to certainly take into account the most information that we can have at hand for any candidate that would lead us to choosing the best person for our district.”

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