Board of Trustees name Dr. Arturo J. Cavazos lone finalist for the position of Superintendent of Schools


The Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees named Dr. Arturo J. Cavazos the lone finalist for the position of Superintendent of Schools during a special board meeting on Oct. 23.

By law, Texas school boards must wait 21 days after identifying a finalist before offering a contract.

“Dr. Cavazos is an outstanding and innovative leader with an extensive background in executive administration at HCISD,” said Board of Trustees President George McShan. “As we move forward, Dr. Cavazos will continue to serve as Interim Superintendent and remain responsible for the day-to-day operations while progressing our districts transformation.”

With his selection as lone finalist comes the opportunity to serve as superintendent in a growing school district with a population of more than 18,500 students, 3,300 employees and 28 campuses.

“I’m honored and humbled to be named the lone finalist as it brings the potential to serve the students and community of HCISD in the capacity of Superintendent of Schools. I would like to thank the Board of Trustees for this opportunity, and their dedication to our students. Our transformational efforts will continue as we remain committed to our mission to provide our more than 18,500 students with the tools for success in the 21st century.”

Dr. Cavazos is currently serving the district as its Interim Superintendent of Schools and had served as the district’s Deputy Superintendent for Transformation and School Support since 2009.

During that time, he has been instrumental in leading the district’s current transformation. These components of transformation include the digital classroom initiative, implementation of Dual Language Academies, transforming the libraries into Information Literacy Centers (ILC), the implementation of campus Internet Cafes, the instructional design of the Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy and future Health Professions High School.

He has served as an educator and administrator since 1987.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Cavazos is active in the community. He serves on the Boys and Girls Club board, Su Clinica Familiar board, South Texas Emergency Care Foundation board, and the local UIL Executive Committee. At the State level, Cavazos serves on the UIL Waiver Review board, State Academic Achievement Distinction Designation Committee (AADDC), the TASA Central Office Advisory Committee, and the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium.

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