The Austin ISD board of trustees officially appointed Matias Segura as the district’s new superintendent at a board meeting Jan. 25.

State law requires districts wait at least 21 days after naming a lone finalist to sign an employment contract. Segura was named lone finalist for the position Dec. 14.

The board room erupted in applause Jan. 25 after the contract was signed. The district had been without a superintendent for over a year.

The background

Segura was named interim superintendent in December 2022 following a November announcement that former interim Superintendent Anthony Mays would leave for a position in Houston.

Prior to Mays’ departure, former Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde left the district in June 2022 for a position at Dallas ISD, as previously reported by Community Impact.

Also of note

At the meeting, trustees also approved a waiver request for Segura, who does not hold a state certification for superintendent. The waiver allows Segura to fill the position without this.

Segura will meet the requirements with his current work on a Superintendent Educator Preparatory Program, which allows him to obtain the certification, according to district documents.

Quote of note

“One thing that I constantly hear from the community is that you understand, you take the time to hear the challenges because you are a product of AISD,” board member Ofelia Zapata said to Segura on Jan 25.