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AISD Expected to Name New Superintendent Thursday

Dr. Marcelo Cavazos has been serving as interim superintendent since June

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    Lone finalist, Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, inset.

    The Arlington Independent School District Board of Trustees is expected to name Dr. Marcelo Cavazos superintendent of the district Thursday evening.

    The board initially made the announcement on Nov. 2. that Cavazos was the lone finalist for the job. According to state law, school boards must wait at least 21 days after announcing a finalist before officially appointing a superintendent.

    Cavazos has been serving as interim superintendent since the school board voted for an early end to superintendent Jerry McCullough's contract last June.  McCullough had been with the district for 40 years.

    "I appreciate the opportunity to serve the Arlington ISD in this capacity," Cavazos told trustees after his interim appointment last June. "I respect the trust you have in me and my ability."

    According to the district, Cavazos began his career in education teaching in the Mission Consolidated ISD in 1990.  Since then, he has taught in the McAllen, Mercedes and San Benito Consolidated ISDs before going to work for the Texas Education Agency in 1998.

    In 1999 he joined the AISD as associate superintendent for instruction and served as interim deputy superintendent for seven months before being named deputy superintendent in Feb., 2009.  He has also taught at the University of Texas at Arlington.

    Cavazos holds a bachelor's and a master's degree from the University of Texas - Pan American and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.

    According to state law, school boards must wait 21 days after announcing a finalist before officially appointing a superintendent.

    The board said they will later announce when they expect a formal vote to extend a contract to Cavazos.  Cavazos will be the district's third superintendent in the last five years.