Austin ISD to develop superintendent transition plan, timeline

Austin ISD board President Geronimo Rodriguez (left) sits next to Superintendent Paul Cruz at a Feb. 24 board meeting. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD board President Geronimo Rodriguez (left) sits next to Superintendent Paul Cruz at a Feb. 24 board meeting. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austin ISD board President Geronimo Rodriguez (left) sits next to Superintendent Paul Cruz at a Feb. 24 board meeting. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

In a statement Feb. 26, Austin ISD board President Geronimo Rodriguez said the district’s board of trustees would be working on a timeline and transition plan regarding Superintendent Paul Cruz’s resignation “in the coming weeks and months.”

Cruz announced Feb. 19 that he plans to resign later this year to take a position in The University of Texas at Austin’s college of education. Trustees met in executive session to discuss the resignation for the first time during a board meeting Feb. 24 but did not make a statement at that time.


“On behalf of the board of trustees, I want the community to know that as we select the next leader of AISD, we are committing to a transparent process, which includes meaningful community engagement and timely communication,” Rodriguez said in the Feb. 26 statement. “We anticipate posting a Request For Proposal for a superintendent search firm and afterwards sharing a preliminary timeline for the selection process with the community.”

Rodriguez said the district’s priority is still focusing on the district’s students and families, and that work on district projects will continue.

“For now, we remain grateful to Dr. Cruz for his 14 years of service and look forward to working with him and the AISD community on a smooth transition,” he said.


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