San Antonio ISD: Dr. Manuel Isquierdo named superintendent finalist

Law requires district to wait 21 days before officially naming new leader

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SAN ANTONIO - After initially reviewing 85 applicants, the San Antonio Independent School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name Dr. Manuel L. Isquierdo the lone finalist for its superintendent position.

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State law requires the district take no action for 21 days in naming a superintendent. During that waiting period, the district will hear from the public before deciding whether it should officially make Isquierdo the leader of the district.

SAID has been helmed by Dr. Sylvester Perez since March 2012 after former Superintendent Dr. Robert Duron resigned on Feb. 20, 2012.

Isquierdo has been superintendent of the Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson, Arizona, since July 2007.

He was one of three candidates interviewed by the district in late March. SAISD said Isquierdo was the only candidate brought back for a second interview March 29.

“The Board believes Dr. Isquierdo has the qualifications to be named a finalist,” said Ed Garza, SAISD board president. 

An SAISD press release said:

Dr. Isquierdo, has been superintendent of the since July 2007. He has served as an administrator in both urban and suburban school districts for the past 20 years, including two years as Deputy Superintendent of the in , and two years as an Area Superintendent in the . His record is one of consistent achievement in the field of school improvement with an emphasis on improving test scores, decreasing dropout rates and increasing graduation rates. 


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