South San ISD to choose new superintendent

Mourette Hodge resigned after 5 months

Author: Brian Mylar, Reporter, bmylar@ksat.com
Published On: Dec 23 2013 05:37:14 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 23 2013 05:40:33 PM CST
SAN ANTONIO -

The South San Antonio School District Board of Trustees on Monday evening will consider replacing Interim Superintendent Mourette Hodge, who resigned last week.

Hodge caught the district off guard with her resignation after just five months on the job.

With the district faced with hiring its fifth superintendent in three years, some worry that the continued turmoil is taking a toll on the district's reputation.

Boardmember Rose Marie Martinez said Hodge had worked at the district for 31 years and knew the district better than anyone.

"If anybody could have taken us to the next level, it would have been her," Martinez said. “She's a beautiful lady that had a lot of humbleness, a lot of compassion, a lot of understanding for all of our kids and our taxpayers.”

Martinez said what drove Hodge from her job was micromanaging by others on the South San board.

"It's a power struggle,” Martinez said. “That's all it is. It's power and control. That's all it is. Our taxpayers and our students and our staff deserve better and you can't do that with other people wanting their own agendas."

A message left for board secretary Connie Prado for comment was not returned.

Meanwhile, on San Antonio District 4 City Councilman Rey Saldana's Facebook page, he wrote: "one step forward, two steps back. Am I alone in believing this needs to stop?"

KSAT viewers also weighed in on the station’s Facebook page.

Natalie Salazar said, "unacceptable. Let's start fresh…"

And Jesse Medrano wrote, “the Drama continues."

"I just don't know what to think anymore,” Martinez said. “I don't know what they plan for tonight. I'm just going to have to sit there and wait.

Much of the Monday evening meeting will be behind closed doors in executive session.

Any action would be taken in the open.

The last board meeting was so contentious, some board members walked out.

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