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Dr. Steven Saldivar and Big Spring Independent School District trustees have announced a amicable parting of the ways.
Saldivar, superintendent of the school district for the past five years, announced his impending resignation following a closed session with trustees at their Thursday meeting.
His resignation is somewhat open-ended â€” it will be effective â€śon or beforeâ€ť June 30, 2014.
Relations between Saldivar and the school board had apparently become somewhat strained, especially after trustees took the unusual step of not extending his contract and giving him a mid-level rating of â€śproficientâ€ť following his annual evaluation in June.
But there was no sign of any strife or tension following the announcement. The board â€” which was minus members Irene Rodriguez, Ken McIntosh and Phil Furqueron Thursday â€” even agreed to one-year extension to the superintendent's contract, although Saldivar's resignation makes that action effectively moot.
Saldivar, a Christoval native, came to BSISD as assistant superintendent in 2008 and was elevated to the top spot following Michael Downes' resignation later that year.
â€śFive years is a good tenure for a superintendent,â€ť Saldivar said. â€śI've thoroughly enjoyed my time here. We have a good school board and I've enjoyed working with the teachers and staff we have here â€¦ Sometimes, you look to do other things. It's nothing more than that."