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Posted: Thursday, January 15, 2015 10:35 pm

SAN BENITO — As he addressed city and school leaders, newly hired Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marc Puig’s message was one of unity, community and leadership. 

With his wife Kelly by his side, Puig’s arrival was celebrated in the John F. Barron board room surrounded by staff, teachers and principals Thursday night.

Puig said the first month of his transition to the district will consist of learning and leading. Speaking to the people who work within the district, Puig said the goal is to set that tone together in this first month.

“We only get one shot and I want to get it right,” he said.

After stepping down in December from the Culberson County-Allamoore Independent School District in far West Texas, Puig started his new position after winter break on Jan. 5.

He spent his first day in the district visiting with students, teachers and principals while visiting various classrooms and schools.

One thing that struck him when coming to San Benito, he said, was the authenticity of the town.

“The people here have so much pride,” he said. “It is an honor to be a part of that.”

Puig has previously stated that he plans to build on previous superintendent Antonio Limon’s previous successes and continue to push the district into the future. Puig, who will be paid an annual salary of $140,000, said the most important thing is the students.

“It is no accident that we are here,” he said. “We are here to serve kids with the staff and community,” he said.

Puig said the town’s success is shown through the community. “There are so many successful people who are from here,” he said. “Doctors, lawyers and teachers who have come back to serve the community.”

Puig had been a teacher, an assistant principal, a principal and an assistant superintendent until 2012, when he took the recently vacated position of superintendent in West Texas.

He spent seven years in the private sector, working as an account executive and research analyst and project manager for a national marketing firm based in Fort Worth.

Puig replaces Limon, who will take another school district administrative position for one year, then most likely retire.

Limon currently makes $162,000 annually.

ksommer@valleystar.com

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