SISD superintendent granted waiver from TEA

Richard Vela doesn't currently meet state requirements

SAN ANTONIO – The superintendent for the Southside Independent School District has been granted a new waiver from the Texas Education Agency.

Richard Vela currently does not meet the state's requirements to be a superintendent.

The TEA requires that a superintendent have a master's degree from an accredited university, hold a principal or equivalent certification, complete a superintendent prep program and complete the required exam.

It was unclear what qualifications Vela is lacking, but the TEA granted Vela a two-year waiver to complete the requirements.

"They're going to require that he meet certain benchmarks throughout the next couple years to determine if they're going to continue with an additional waiver or grant him a certification," said SISD's attorney, Tony Resendez.

Resendez said the SISD board will check on Vela's progress through his annual evaluations and make sure he completes the requirements.