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Community meetings to meet finalist for superintendent position

Community meetings to meet finalist for superintendent position

Parents, students, SAISD employees and community members are invited to community meetings to meet Dr. Manuel L. Isquierdo, lone finalist for the position of SAISD superintendent, on the following dates:

Thursday, April 18, 6–8 p.m.
Jefferson High School, student union building, 723 Donaldson Ave.

Friday, April 19, 6–8 p.m.
Lanier High School, cafeteria, 1514 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.–noon
Sam Houston High School, auditorium, 4635 E. Houston St.

Dr. Isquierdo is currently the superintendent of the Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson, Arizona. On April 8, SAISD Trustees named him the lone finalist for the superintendent position. State law requires a 21-day waiting period following the naming of a lone finalist prior to the naming of a superintendent. As part of that process the Board is inviting the community to be involved and provide input on this important decision.

The SAISD Board is committed to transforming SAISD into a "National Model Urban School District.” Trustees developed a profile of a candidate based on information gathered from a number of stakeholder engagement forums. Candidate interviews followed an extensive process led by the PROACT Search firm that yielded more than 85 applicants for the superintendent position.

Dr. Isquierdo, has been superintendent of the Sunnyside Unified School District since July 2007. He has served as an administrator in both urban and suburban school districts for the past 20 years, including two years as Deputy Superintendent of the Stockton Unified School District in Stockton, California and two years as an area superintendent in the Dallas Independent School District. His record is one of consistent achievement in the field of school improvement with an emphasis on improving test scores, decreasing dropout rates and increasing graduation rates.

He was honored in 2011 as one of Tech & Learning’s three Learning Leaders of the Year who exemplify extraordinary vision and as one of Converge magazine’s 2011 Education Innovators, and, in 2010, as one of the nation’s ten Tech-Savvy Superintendents of the Year by eSchool News.

Isquierdo received his Doctor of Education in Administration from National Louis University in Chicago, Illinois, a Master in Education from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in History and English from Saginaw Valley State College in Saginaw, Michigan.





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