Socorro ISD to Introduce Superintendent Finalists

Socorro ISD to Introduce Superintendent Finalists

POSTED: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 2:44pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 2:48pm

The Socorro Independent School District planned to introduce three superintendent finalists beginning Tuesday, all of whom will be interviewed by the District Board of Trustees. 

The three finalists -- all from Texas school districts -- were Michael Sorum, deputy superintendent for leadership, learning and student support at the 81,500-student Fort Worth school district;

The second,  Heliodoro Torres "H.T." Sanchez, is chief of staff in the 27,800-student Ector County school district in Odessa. Joe Espinoza, the third candidate, is area superintendent in the Houston school district, which enrolls about 203,000 students.

The finalists were scheduled to be introduced at public forums at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the SISD Service Center, 12440 Rojas, said Daniel Escobar, district spokesman.

Before the Board of Trustees formally interviews the finalists, the three were expected meet with student, employee, parent and business groups. The board is expected to name a finalist for the job by the end of July.

The finalists were selected from a pool of 83 applicants to replace Xavier De La Torre, who was hired as county superintendent in Santa Clara County, Calif., effective July 1. De La Torre, 48, was appointed superintendent of the Socorro school district in 2009.

De La Torre last earned a base salary of $255,780.

The district began its search for a superintendent in April, when the board hired PROACT Search, a national firm that specializes in executive searches for school districts, to evaluate applicants and narrow the field to highly qualified candidates.

Pat O'Neill, assistant superintendent for administrative services, has been serving as interim superintendent at Socorro while a permanent replacement is hired.

The new superintendent will oversee 42,500 students, nearly 7,000 employees and 45 schools. One of the fastest-growing districts in the state, Socorro has an annual budget of more than $358 million.

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