La Feria School District to hire new superintendent

LA FERIA — The search for a new superintendent is on. The La Feria School Board voted to move forward with the hiring process of a new superintendent.

The decision comes from the need to replace Raymundo Villarreal Jr., who announced his plans to retire in June.

Villarreal had moved to La Feria from Laredo in 2013 and was with the school district for three years before leaving.

To aid in their search for a new superintendent, the school board has hired a search firm.

Walsh Gallegos and education consultant Gary Patterson are assisting the board in finding the right match.

“Our job is to find someone who is highly qualified that meets the needs of the district,” Patterson said.

According to Juan Briones, president of the board, hiring an outside firm is a common practice in the search for a new superintendent.

Patterson said the board is currently in the process of building a profile of the type of candidate they desire.

“Each district has special needs,” Patterson said.

Part of building that profile involves a survey.

The school board is reaching out to the community for input on the matter. Parents, faculty and residents are being asked to complete a survey by Aug. 16 on the district’s website.

The survey includes questions that ask what qualities and qualifications the community wants to see in the new superintendent.

The school board will receive applications for the position until Aug. 17.

Briones said they hope to have the position filled by the end of September.

During their search, Dr. Miriam Guerra is acting interim superintendent.

School will be back in session for students Aug. 28.

WANT TO GIVE YOUR INPUT?

GO TO: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LFISD

Deadline is Aug. 16

La Feria ISD Statistics

No. of Students: 3,634

Student/Teacher ratio: 15.2

Graduation rate: 92.8 percent