Last week, Dr. Manuel Isquierdo (current superintendent of Sunnyside USD in Tucson, Arizona) withdrew his name from consideration for the job of San Antonio ISD superintendent after public discussion of his record of personal financial and legal problems; see earlier post.
So, what is the fallout from this blunder by the SAISD board?
- “SAISD fires search firm”, Maria Luisa Cesar, San Antonio Express-News, April 16, 2013. OK, that’s a good start.
- “SAISD trustees clash on superintendent search”, Maria Luisa Cesar, San Antonio Express-News, April 14, 2013. Board members splitting into factions? That’s not new.
- “Sunnyside schools chief’s financial, legal problems keep him in Tucson”, Jamar Younger, Arizona Daily Star, April 13, 2013. So Isquierdo will probably keep his old job in Arizona.
- “Search firm that botched Texas schools chief hiring now looking for Tucson Unified’s next boss”, Alexis Huicochea & Jamar Younger, Arizona Daily Star, April 16, 2013. But he might get evicted from his house on May 21.
- “SAISD Superintendent Candidate Withdraws from Consideration”, Steve Short & Ryan Loyd, Texas Public Radio, April 12, 2013. Current interim Superintendent Sylvester Perez will stay in that position.
Most significant, perhaps, are the recent online discussions among SAISD parents that show a high level of dissatisfaction with the board of trustees. For SAISD to grow and improve, they need to regain the confidence of parents. The May 11 election does not offer much hope: only one seat is contested, and no more than two seats will change hands. In particular, President Ed Garza is running unopposed.