Rio Grande City
Mr. Joel Trigo was official named Interim Superintendent of schools at the regular meeting of the Rio Grande City CISD School Board held on Tuesday evening, December 9, at the Fort Ringgold Multipurpose Center.
Following the meeting’s closed session, the Board reconvened to announce their decision in regards to the meeting agenda’s Section VII, Line E item which called for a discussion regarding the appointment of an Interim Superintendent. “Before I make the motion I would like to say… it’s a new start, and we considered a few individuals, two of which actually came and spoke with us in closed session, both of whom are extremely highly qualified, and both of whom share the vision that this School Board has for its future,” stated Board Vice-President, Eduardo Ramirez. “Before I make the actual motion I would like to say ‘thanks’ to Mr. Roel Gonzalez for his service to our District, for his continued commitment, and for his passion. That being said I motion to nominate the appointment of Mr. Joel Trigo as Interim Superintendent effective January 1, 2015.”
Mr. Ramirez’ motion was then second by Board Secretary, Judy Solis, then unanimously approved by the Board.
“Thank you all very much,” said Mr. Trigo. “Mr. Board President, members of the Board, ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to accept the appointment of [Interim] Superintendent for the schools of Rio Grande City CISD, as of the date mentioned. I look forward to serving the District in the capacity of Interim Superintendent. I can tell you that I am thankful for your consideration. I am thankful for your trust and confidence in me, and I assure you that we will move forward and continue making Rio Grande City CISD one of the best Districts in the state of Texas.”
“Mr. Gonzalez, Thank you for the time that you served our District as Superintendent,” added Trigo. “I learned a lot from you during the time that I worked with you, and many of your ideas, and many moments we shared together I certainly will hold true, and I will do the best that I can to follow in your footsteps. I do have large shoes to fill, but I’m up to the challenge.”
Following the announcement, Solis then emphasized the Board’s commitment to find a permanent Superintendent for the District as soon as possible. “The personnel committee of this Board, which I sit on as chairwoman, has approved an advertisement for the position of superintendent of this District, which has already been posted in both [a local newspaper] and our own school website,” stated Solis. “We as a Board have decided to look for our next permanent Superintendent from within our own district employees, as we truly believe that no other district can match the caliber of employees produced by this community. We notice that the last advertisement used by this District only included the need for a Certificate of Superintendency. We have added to that requirements that any candidate applying have a minimum of 10 years experience as an administrator, with a minimum of 5 years as a campus principal. It is our belief that in order to be an effective leader, our next superintendent must have that experience in order to better empathize with our administrators, our teachers, staff and parents so that he or she could help us usher in a new an progressive vision for our school district.”