HISD Superintendent To Step Down Aug. 31
Houston Independent School District Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra has announced that he will step down on Aug. 31. In February, Saavedra said he would retire by the spring of 2010, saying he wanted to make sure the HISD Board of Trustees had “adequate time to conduct a comprehensive national search” for a new superintendent. In a recent e-mail to HISD administrators, Saavedra now says he purposely did not identify his “actual exit date.”
“I wanted the board to have an opportunity to start the process of a superintendent search and have a successor ready to continue the work,” said Saavedra to administrators. “The superintendent search is moving in earnest and the board expects to have a short list of candidates to interview by some time in July. I am sure they will be ready to make their selection soon after. Based on this projected timeline, I have informed the board that August 31, 2009 would be an appropriate exit date for me. I look forward to continuing our work together during the next two months and an opportunity to celebrate our successes on behalf of the children of Houston. Thank you.”
HISD has held several community meetings, including one at Bellaire High School, to gather community input on the superintendent search.