Board hires Dr. Perez as New Supt
SAISD Board officially hires Dr. Perez as new superintendent
SAN ANTONIO, June 17, 2013 – The San Antonio ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted during tonight’s Board meeting to appoint Dr. Sylvester Perez as Superintendent.
Perez, who has been serving as interim superintendent since March 2012, was named as the lone finalist by the Board on May 20, 2013. By law the Board had to wait 21 days before hiring him as superintendent.
He becomes the 18th superintendent in the school district’s history. His appointment follows the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Robert Durón on Feb. 20, 2012.
Perez officially begins as Superintendent on July 1, 2013.
“I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees, District employees, parents, students and community leaders during this critical time in public education in Texas and here at SAISD,” said Dr. Sylvester Perez. “I’ve seen the level of commitment by our employees, and I know that together, we will overcome the many challenges that still must be met to help SAISD reach a higher level of academics and overall student success.”
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.
He earned his doctorate in educational administration from Texas A&M University and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from New Mexico Highlands University.
Perez has three adult sons, Michael, Marc and Steven, and is married to Donna Divin-Perez.
To transform SAISD into a national model urban school district where every child graduates and is educated so that he or she is prepared to be a contributing member of the community.
Our primary purpose of improving lives through a quality education is driven by an unrelenting determination to graduate all of our students and prepare them for success in higher education. Our ideology is reflected in our fundamental beliefs, commitments and core values that guide us in our daily practices.
- Student Centered
- High Expectations
- Every student can learn and achieve at high levels.
- We are responsible for the education and safety of every student.
- We are responsible for the efficient and effective operation of the school system.
- Everyone should be treated with respect.
- People support what they help create.