April 19


Garza takes the district

Illustration by Jeremiah TeutschIllustration by Jeremiah TeutschThe announcement of Superintendent Robert Durón's departure, spelled out in a voluntary separation agreement, may have shocked onlookers at the SAISD board of trustees' meeting on Monday. But the deal had been several months in the making – talks started informally in late October.

The toxicity of the board's relationship with the superintendent, who took the job in 2006, had been out in the open for much longer.

The agreement puts Durón in charge of planning for the next bond election until February 15, 2013, at an annual salary of $266,494; he'll step aside as superintendent as soon as the board picks an interim replacement. That could happen as soon as Thursday.

"The district is at a very pivotal point right now," a former trustee noted.

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