Tuesday, August 08, 2006

John Longoria: presents an opportunity for change in CCISD?

Longoria announces CCISD candidacy

August 8, 2006

Former At-Large Corpus Christi City Councilman John Longoria has announced his candidacy for the District 1 seat on the Corpus Christi Independent School District Board. He serves as a Regional Transportation Authority commissioner.

Board President Manuel Flores currently represents District 1. Flores also has announced his intent to seek re-election.

School board elections will be in November. School board members are elected to four-year terms without pay.

Name: John Longoria

Age: 47

Family: Wife, Sonia, and three sons ages 5, 3 and 1.

Occupation: Government affairs for the Lower Colorado River Authority

Reason seeking election: "I present myself as an opportunity for change," Longoria said. Longoria cited problems with dropout rates, budget issues and a lack of a unified vision on the board as areas he would work to help change. He said his eight years serving on the City Council gave him the background in leadership in a governmental setting.

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Jaime Kenedeño said...

CCISD narrows superintendent field

Finalist Guerrero has ties to Corpus Christi, Watkins works in R.I.

By Venessa Santos-Garza Caller-Times
May 23, 2006

Corpus Christi ISD has narrowed the search for superintendent to two candidates and will begin interviews on Friday.

Following a closed meeting Monday, Corpus Christi Independent School District officials said there was no news on the superintendent search but sources close to the process said two candidates - Tito Guerrero, president of Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches and former provost of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and Patricia Watkins, superintendent of Central Falls School District in Rhode Island, would be interviewed later this week.

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Stephen F. Austin has a population of about 11,000 students. Central Falls School District has a population of 3,734 students and eight schools.

CCISD began the process of searching for a new superintendent in late January after Jesus Chavez left the district to accept the top job with Round Rock Independent School District.

CCISD went to court in January to overturn a district court ruling that required it to release the names of superintendent candidates throughout the selection process. It was the only district in the state required to do so.

Districts are required to release the names of finalists for superintendent at least 21 days before they officially are hired.

CCISD officials have said they expect to name a sole finalist by early June.

Contact Venessa Santos-Garza at 886-3752 or santosv@caller.com