Well, it looks like the Round Rock ISD may have a new superintendent lined up. Only one candidate has emerged from the school board's search to replace the highly controversial Jesus Chavez. Another Harlingen CISD veteran, Dr. Steve Flores, was announced as the lone finalist last Friday.
Several area news sources reported that Chavez "shocked the community when he announced that he would not be serving out the remaining two and half years on his contract." The truth is that few were actually "shocked," but many were relieved. During Chavez' tenure, the district has seen declining ratings, sloppy procedure, and an erosion of fiscal responsibility. His actions regarding boundaries and construction have pitted the various communities of the ISD against each other, and his political posturing has wreaked havoc with the reputation of the district. Chavez asserted last year that superintendents do not have to comply with elected school board authority, but the Texas Legislature overwhelmingly rejected that claim and passed legislation stating as much. Chavez' days were numbered.
Hopefully, if approved, the new Superintendent will focus on making RRISD a solid district again. With intense growth in Central Texas, the community will need new schools and strong leadership that works for the entire community. Let's hope Dr. Flores will usher in a new era.