SAISD Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Sylvester Perez,
On May 20, 2013, the Board of Trustees voted to name the District’s Interim Superintendent Dr. Sylvester Perez as the lone finalist for superintendent. State law requires a 21-day waiting period after the finalist is chosen before officially appointing a superintendent and executing a contract. His appointment follows the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Robert Durón on Feb. 20, 2012.
Dr. Perez, a native of San Antonio, has provided more than 38 years of service to Texas school children, including 13 years as superintendent in the Mathis, Clint, San Marcos and Midland school districts. Prior to becoming a superintendent, he held positions as principal, assistant principal, athletic director, teacher and coach. He has held the role of interim superintendent in the past, as well.
He was among five finalists for Texas Superintendent of the Year in 2006. He has an extensive record of student achievement and was involved in successful bond elections at each of the four school districts where he served as superintendent.
In addition to his roles in the K-12 public education system, Dr. Perez has served in the higher education system. He currently is an adjunct professor with the University of Texas at Austin's Cooperative Superintendent Program and has served as an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.
Dr. Perez also has served in statewide capacities and presented at numerous education conferences. He has served as secretary for the Texas School Alliance, a group of superintendents representing one-fourth of all school children in Texas; on the Board of Directors for the Texas Academic Decathlon and on the Executive Planning Committee for the Texas Association of School Administrators. He was the first Hispanic elected to the University Interscholastic League’s (UIL) Legislative Council and is the only Legislative Council member to also have served on the State UIL Executive Committee.
In 1999, he was recognized as an outstanding alumnus of Harlandale ISD and was inducted into the Harlandale ISD Hall of Fame. In 2006, the former NAIA Baseball All-American was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Honor at his alma mater, New Mexico Highlands University.
Dr. Perez in the Community
Congratulating a pre-schooler who completed the H-E-B
Read 3 literacy program, which provides tots an opportunity
to experience a classroom setting and learn pre-literacy skills.
Announcing to third graders at De Zavala ES that their teacher,
Yara Luna, was named the District’s Trinity Prize nominee
for Excellence in Teaching.
Motivating more than 3,000 SAISD 8th-graders at
the Rock Your Future rally, a college-themed event.
Representing the District at
an event to thank computer
lab benefactor Harvey Najim, whose foundation provided
grant funding for new computers and software.
Speaking to SAISD employees who attended a memorial
service for a member of the Transportation team who
Greeting a student on the first
day of school, after taking a bus
ride to Hawthorne Academy.