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El Paso Independent School District may name new superintendent

By: Melissa Gundersen
EL PASO, Texas -- The El Paso Independent School District may finally name a new superintendent.
After two years without a permanent superintendent, district officials will question their final candidate Monday. Students have their fingers crossed for big changes.

(We want) somebody who really just wants to put everything that's happened in our district behind us and just move forward," said Analisa Aldaz, El Paso High School student.

Aldaz said the last superintendent, Lorenzo Garcia, dirtied the districts reputation. Two years ago, Garcia was arrested and indicted for a cheating scheme. He manipulated student's grades. He was also indicted for directing a $450,000 no-bid contract to his mistress. Garcia is now serving a 3 year federal prison sentence.

Aldaz said given the past, it'll be hard to trust whoever takes Garcia's place.

"You always want to trust somebody of course, but you know it's probably going to be hard for a lot of students, parents and teachers," said Aldaz.

The district confirms they have one finalist who is not from El Paso, something that concerns Susie Byrd, a school board trustee in waiting.

"The preference, I think, would always be to have a very high-quality person from within the district from the city of El Paso so they can make a long-term commitment to the institution," said Byrd.

Byrd is one person who will question the finalist Monday. If the Board of Managers is satisfied with the candidate, they will announce his or her name. Board members said there is a 21-day waiting period before that person can step into the role of superintendent.

Board members said they will schedule a town hall meeting so people can meet the new superintendent.

If the board is not satisfied with the finalist, they'll be forced to continue their search.
 

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