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Xavier De La Torre explains why he left superintendent position at SCCOE

EL PASO, Texas - Ysleta Independent School Districts new superintendent, Xavier De La Torre, said why he left his previous position in Californias Silicon Valley.

The San Jose Mercury news reported De La Torre had communication problems with the Santa Clara school board, and that is why he decided to leave.

De La Torre said he disagrees with that characterization, saying he left to get back to a place where he could have more of an impact on faculty and students.

KFOX14 received the following statement as to why he returned to El Paso.

"I embraced the opportunity for my family and I to return to Texas - and in particular, the El Paso community - where I will have a direct impact on the students, teachers and principals of the nationally recognized Ysleta Independent School District.

"I have dedicated nearly 30 years of my life working in support of our public education system. During that period of time, I have been privileged to lead others who approach the work with the same passion, energy, and sense of urgency our students expect and deserve.

While certainly important, I found the role of County Superintendent of Schools in Santa Clara County somewhat distant and removed from my passion of working with instructional leaders, teachers, support staff, and parents on behalf of students attending our traditional public schools. While I disagree with much of what the local media in San Jose has reported, there is truth to the report that the SCCOE Board of Education collectively shared their expectations regarding a management structure that was contributing to an unsustainable and structural deficit in the annual budget. Once I determined that the Board of Education's concerns were valid, I carried out a reorganization process that resulted in a "flatter and leaner" organization. And, as is often the case when you downsize significantly, my plan was met with resentment and resistance.

"However, the decision to leave the SCCOE was directly tied to a professional void, I simply missed the interaction with, and the impact I have had on students, teachers, and principals as superintendent of a school district. My new position as Ysleta ISD's superintendent brings me back to doing what I love best, and that I am able to do it in a wonderful community that my family and I have grown to love. I look forward to getting to know my new Ysleta team, and taking students to a higher level of excellence and academic achievement."