El Paso, TX — After thirty five years of service in the El Paso area Region 19, Dr.Edward Gabaldon, the Superintendent of the Clint Independent School District turned in his resignation at Wednesday night's board meeting, surprising many of his colleagues. He'll stay till the end of the school year, but this now brings the number of districts without a leader to four out of nine in the area.
Local Four News spoke to the Texas Education Agency about this and if there should be cause for concern for teachers, parents and more importantly the students.
"Anytime, you have a large number of superintendents within a set area leaving, certainly it may make the public feel like there's something wrong," said TEA spokesperson DeEtta Culbertson after yet another local superintendent announced he's stepping down.
"Superintendents retire every day. Why these particular superintendents retire, I don't know," said Culbertson.
Clint Independent School District Board President James Pendell says Dr. Eduardo Gabaldon's announcement came as a surprise.
"Very saddened that he is leaving. Dr.Gabaldon has worked very hard the last four years. At the same we're happy that he can finally retire and enjoy his life you know that's what they work so hard to do and that's what its all about," said
Pendell knows the search for a new superintendent may be a process but the district's outstanding staff, disciplined students and great scores are part of the reason Clint stands above the rest in the area.
“Good reputation so I think all of those are a plus for bringing another outstanding superintendent to our district," said Pendell.
The Clint ISD board of directors will decide next meeting whether to hire an outside search firm or try to bring somebody within the district to be appointed as superintendent.