Board fills administrative vacancies, honors Cano

Several educators will be in new roles across Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District during the 2010-2011 school year as the Board of Trustees approved the hiring of several administrators at Tuesday night’s meeting.

The board approved the hiring of Tiffany Salinas to be the Principal at Travis Elementary; Raul Alvarez to be the Director of Career & Technology Education; Eliza Jensen to be the Content Area Specialist for ELA; Joe Serna to be an Assistant Principal at Harlingen High School; Dalia Moore to be an Assistant Principal at Harlingen High School South; and Beulah Rangel as the Instructional Facilitator at Early College High School.

“We are fortunate to have talented applicants for leadership positions in our district,” Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores said. “I am confident that all of our new hires will fit into our winning team, as we continue to strive towards excellence.”

Earlier this summer, the Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Michelle Everett to fill the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction position; Sandra Tovar for the Director of Guidance & Counseling position; Gil Tello to be Principal of the Secondary Alternative Center; Jesse Gallegos as principal of KEYS Academy; Shane Strubhart as the Director of Communications/KHGN; Dr. Sabrina Quintana as the Director of Music Education; Roland Ingram as an Instructional Facilitator at Harlingen High School South; Loretta Sanchez as Assistant Principal at Bowie Elementary; Joe Serna as Assistant Principal at Harlingen High School; and Dr. Joe Rodriguez for the Principal position at Harlingen High School South.

Harlingen CISD will experience another change in leadership after the resignation of long-time board member Omar Cano last month. The board honored 16-year member Cano, giving the lifetime educator a plaque commemorating his service and a University of Texas at Austin polo shirt.

Board members spoke of Cano as a man of superior character and wisdom. Several members said Cano served as a mentor when they first started on the board.

“In my eyes, you’re seven-feet-tall,” Board Member Javier De Leon told Cano. “I learned a lot from you when I first got to the board. I appreciate the tremendous amount of experience and wisdom you brought here. You will be missed.”

Cano resigned from the board to spend more time with his family. The board appointed Dr. Nolan Perez to fill his seat until the May 2011 general election. Dr. Cesar Maldonado assumed the board’s secretary position vacated by Cano.

“I will no longer be a board member, but I still have a vested interest in this school district,” Cano told the board. “My grandchildren will be coming through the district for years to come. So I will be around for a long time.”

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