San Antonio Independent School District’s new superintendent finalist has actually been on the job for a year — so the good news is he’s already been vetted.
Dr. Sylvester Perez, named the board’s choice May 20, is now in a state-mandated, three-week waiting period before he works out a contract in June.
His selection comes after a series of San Antonio Express-News articles brought attention to the legal and financial woes of the previous superintendent finalist, Manuel Isquierdo of Arizona’s Sunnyside ISD. Isquierdo withdrew his candidacy less than a week after he was named the finalist for the local post.
Perez came out of retirement in 2012 to take over as interim after the previous superintendent, Dr. Robert Duron, resigned. Perez said, however, there was nothing temporary about his work. “That term ‘interim’ isn’t really necessary in this case,” he explained. “I’ve already been doing the things that need to get done and planning for the upcoming year, so there are no shortcuts when you are talking about the futures of 50,000 students.” Read More