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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Texas ISD web site posts PSJA Superintendent Vacancy...Qualifications and Timelines...The Dawn of a new era? or the eve of the same ol' setting sun...

I recently looked up the Texas ISD web site, and found that the PSJA School District Superintendent vacancy is listed. You can find it at http://www.texasisd.com/
The web site has a link to a pdf file brochure provided by the firm of Pena, Ruiz, and Associates who was picked by the school board to handle the candidate search. According to the brochure, candidates for the position must have the following:
-obtained or be qualified to obtain the Texas Superintendent Certificate
-at least 15 years of experience in public schools
-at least 10 years of administrative experience
-at least some experience as superintendent or in central office
-Doctorate preferred
-Communication skills in English and Spanish.
The brochure also states that the Board approved a timeline for the entire process. The deadline to apply for the position is August 31, 2006. Interviews will be conducted by the PSJA School Board the first two weeks of September. Those applicants which make the cut for a second interview will be interviewed September 18-22. The first week of October, the above referenced firm of Pena, Ruiz, and Associates will conduct reference checks. The week of October 9-13, the school board will name a finalist for the position. Finally, the week of November 6-10, the Pharr San Juan Alamo School Board will hire it's new superintendent.
The process by which the PSJA School Board SHOULD elect the best possible candidate for superintendent of OUR schools, is in place. Will this school board take full advantage of this process? Or will we be seeing more of the same ol' it isn't what you know, it's.... right. Time will tell.


Anonymous Tri-city Tease said...

One school board member was quoted in the media as saying that he (or she) wanted Roberto Loredo for the position. Some people are saying that the job belongs to ex-Commissioner of Education Felipe Alanis if he wants it. We could certainly do worse than Mr. Alanis. In fact, many district employees are crossing their fingers and toes that a certain individual in the Central Office not end up being chosen as the next superintendent.

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who might that be, the individual from central office? my guess is
Bertha Palacios..

Also, who is Ruiz, Pena & Assoc.
eehh, I hope it is not Gang of 8
J.Edgar Ruiz himself.

Roberto Loredo's slate of candidates lost this past May elections. Loredo does not have the votes to get him in.

Loredo did not do anything while he was mayor. What makes us think he will be a good superintendent.

9:44 AM  
Anonymous tri-city tease said...

You certainly know your district politics. Bertha's last name may not be enough this time to get her what she wants. As you point out, the loss in the San Juan election diminishes Loredo's political stock. This crazy inbreeding between city politics and school district politics has a lot of impact on hiring and promotion.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This crazy inbreeding between city politics and school district politics has a lot of impact on hiring and promotion.

I agree with your last statement.

I have been breaking my head on this. Comm Pedro Contreras just got promoted as you probable know by now. Loredo's slate lost, however, he manages to get his buddy a good promotion.

These old bones have seen many elections come and go... same circus different clowns.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Aggie Gal said...

WOW! This is news! Since I'm not in the Tri Cities anymore, I feel so out of the loop! What happened to Arturo Guajardo? Did he retire? FILL ME IN!

-Aggie Gal, really missing PSJA..especially with football season right around the corner! GO BEARS!

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Everybody knows that Dr. Alanis is from San Juan with strong ties to the old qlique. In fact he is cousin to Constable Chato Alaniz which is from the onld qlique as well. my point is if Alanis is in we are back where we started.

12:19 PM  
Anonymous tri-city tease said...

Yes, it's true that Felipe is one of the good ol' boys. I never said that he was my first choice. I just said that we could do worse...much worse.

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is going to be interesting on how the cards fall...

1:58 PM  
Anonymous César Alvarado said...

Blessings. As a son of a Former Superintendent, I love following PSJA ISD politics. About 10 years ago, my Pops got forced out by the new regime. I do not know how many of you all know of or believe this, but for me and others this was the beginning of the downfall of PSJA ISD Admin.

I love visiting with my Dad because we always talk about Valley Life. More importantly, he has vividly told me stories of Mr X, Mr Y, and/or Mr Z coming to his office asking for favors and he declining them.

I believe this is what PSJA ISD needs. A Supt. who will stand up for what she/he believes is right for the students, staff, and district.

My Pops was the first Mexican American (his term) High School Principal at PSJA back in the early 70s. He NEVER accepted a bribe and kept his word...

where can a person can like this be?

I hope www.penaruizedservices.com can find out.

Con Amor y Paz,

10:31 AM  
Anonymous tri-city tease said...

I'm going to share a story that I heard about Ernesto Alvarado becoming PSJA's superintendent. Supposedly, when Mr. Alvarado became superintendent, one (or more) of the school board members charged Ernesto with the task of getting rid of Arturo Guajardo (personnel director at that time). I don't if it's true, but it sounds credible. Assuming it's true, I wonder if his failure to get rid of Guajardo had something to do with being forced out by the new regime.

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Are you an X dist employee or an X board member?

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Tri-city tease said...

I'm not going to give any clues about my identity. Remember, I'm a "tease."

7:48 PM  
Anonymous César Alvarado said...

I am not really into "stories". Most of them are not true. As for tease's you may be asking... not true.

How could an identical School Board who's influence Guajardo has been under from the get go ask to get rid of him?

Con Amor y Paz,

2:04 PM  
Blogger Aggie Gal said...

Good point CJ! How are you these days?

Growing up in San Juan while Mr. Guajardo was Mayor, I can't help but have a bad feeling for all the goings on with the district. Did anything ever come out of the FBI raids?

I really hope that sweeping change happens with the Tri-Cities, and soon. The old guard, in my opinion, needs to move on out. Ya! Done! There are enough new people that live there to make it happen! Too bad I don't live there anymore.


10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I PRAY that they get a superintendent who is honest and upstanding. I can honestly say that there needs to be some MAJOR shaking up in the district...the FBI doesn't come knocking unless there's a real reason!

7:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I PRAY that they get a superintendent who is honest and upstanding.

In order to get a good super you need to get the existing board out.

R.Navarro, P.Garcia are up for reelection. What citizens or orginization (Grupo Poder) need to do is get qualified candidates to go against these guys. Just my opinion.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

H, Almaguer, Tease

You need to pickup the paper of the south. There is a letter from one of the parents complaining of the older schools.

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what paper are you talking about?

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lets face it, politics are everywhere, not just in psja. i really feel that the administration at central office and school board look at the unjust pay scale the clerks are getting. a friend of mine told me that there are clerks that are 2's doing more work that 4's, 5's and 6's. thats pretty dumb. some of the pay scale six don' do any but look at internet and prints things for themselves. come on administration lets do something about this.

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
what paper are you talking about?


I've seen this paper at the Wal-Mart in Alamo and at the libary.
Not in San Juan since they don't have one (joke) Pharr libary carries it.

Also, this weeks issue goes into detail non other than our Sup Guajardo, and the contract for H. Palacios.

9:19 AM  

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