Keeping you informed

Dr. Sylvester Perez1

March 19, 2012

Dear SAISD Staff,

This is the first weekly message you will receive from me in an effort to enhance communication from the superintendent to all District employees. You can expect to read a variety of information meant to keep you up to date on the happenings within our District and in the education realm.

Today’s first order of business: We may experience severe weather tonight and, possibly, tomorrow. Please know that the District’s Communications Department will notify employees and parents, via PENS, if any weather problems impact normal operations tomorrow. In addition to the automated telephone message, information would be posted to the District’s homepage, Facebook page and Twitter account.

Next, I want to thank the SAISD Board of Trustees for allowing me to serve as Interim Superintendent as it searches for a permanent leader for the District. My first week here was exciting as I was able to get out to campuses to meet staff and students.

As with any school district, we face challenges. I look around the District, though, and see miracles happening in classrooms. I see enthusiastic teachers and staff and support personnel who make everyone's job safer and more enjoyable. SAISD has traditionally been a trend-setter and innovator in education. We (you) have been at the forefront of producing some of this community’s successful graduates and leaders in San Antonio. We should – and must – be proud of our many accomplishments.  

Last week your SAISD Trustees volunteered to attend a two-day workshop on team-building. This alone is evidence that the Board of Trustees desires to move forward and improve as a team. I would suggest that we shape our own opinion and not allow external sources to define who we are as a District. The board is committed to the children of SAISD.

The request for proposals for superintendent search firms was generated more than a week ago, with a board decision on a firm expected in the next few weeks as we move methodically forward with the process of hiring the permanent superintendent. Having a replacement in place by this summer is, admittedly, a short timeline, but the Board has indicated it is committed to finding the best possible candidate who "fits" the profile for SAISD. 2

Best regards,
Dr. Sylvester Perez
Interim Superintendent