Clint ISD Superintendent announces retirement


POSTED: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 12:14pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 6:52pm

After thirty five years of service in the El Paso area Region 19,  Dr.Edward Gabaldon, the Superintendent of the Clint Independent School District turned in his resignation at Wednesday night's board meeting, surprising many of his colleagues. He'll stay till the end of the school year, but this now brings the number of districts without a leader to four out of nine in the area.
News Channel Nine poke to the Texas Education Agency about this and if there should be cause for concern for teachers, parents and more importantly the students.

"Anytime, you have a large number of superintendents within a set area leaving, certainly it may make the public feel like there's something wrong," said TEA spokesperson DeEtta Culbertson after yet another local superintendent announced he's stepping down.

"Superintendents retire every day. Why these particular superintendents retire, I don't know," said Culbertson.

Clint Independent School District Board President James Pendell says Dr. Eduardo Gabaldon's announcement came as a surprise.

"Very saddened that he is leaving. Dr.Gabaldon has worked very hard the last four years. At the same we're happy that he can finally retire and enjoy his life you know that's what they work so hard to do and that's what its all about," said

Pendell knows the search for a new superintendent may be a process but the district's outstanding staff, disciplined students and great scores are part of the reason Clint stands above the rest in the area.

“Good reputation so I think all of those are a plus for bringing another outstanding superintendent to our district," said Pendell.

The Clint ISD board of directors will decide next meeting whether to hire an outside search firm or try to bring somebody within the district to be appointed as superintendent.

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I just learned that at last nights meeting of the Clint ISD Board of Trustees, they tabled discussion of whether to change from at large to single district elections for the board. I guess once they accepted Gabaldon's resignation letter there was no more gas in them to discuss issues that are very important to the community and the education of our children. They have forgotten about equal representaion and have opted for a dictatorship. These people make me sick.

I have said it before and I will say it again. Gabaldon was the Chief of Staff for Ex EPISD Superintendent Garcia, who is now a convicted felon and a prisoner due to his corrupt and evil ways. For Gabaldon to claim that he knew nothing of what Garcia was up to is ludicrous. So I for one say good riddance to one more of Garcia's cohorts.

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