South San superintendent to return to Houston ISD
South San Antonio Independent School District’s outgoing superintendent Abelardo Saavedra will return to the Houston Independent School District after trustees voted Thursday to name him interim superintendent.
On Oct. 3, South San’s board voted 6-1 to approve a resignation and separation agreement with Saavedra, whose last day with the district is Friday.
Saavedra led HISD, the state’s largest district, from 2004 to 2009.
HISD trustees voted 5-4 in a contentious meeting Thursday to approve a 6-month contract for Saavedra, beginning Monday, Oct. 15.
Saavedra replaces Grenita Lathan, who has served as HISD’s interim superintendent since Richard Carranza left the district to become chancellor of New York City public schools in April.
He came out of retirement to lead South San in 2014, and announced in June that he would not seek a renewal of his contract, which ends in March 2019. He previously said he planned to return to a teaching position at Texas A&M University.
Alexandro Flores, the current superintendent of Palacios ISD, near Victoria, will start at South San on Monday. South San trustees voted unanimously to approve his contract last week.