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Saldivar to step down as BSISD superintendent

July 12, 2013

Big Spring Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Steven Saldivar talks to members of the news media after announcing his resignation during Thursday's BSISD trustee meeting. Saldivar's resignation is effective on or before June 30, 2014. (HERALD photo/Steve Reagan)

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 — it will be effective “on or before” 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 “proficient” following his annual evaluation in June.

But there was no sign of any strife or tension following the announcement. The board — which was minus members Irene Rodriguez, Ken McIntosh and Phil Furqueron Thursday — 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.

“Five years is a good tenure for a superintendent,” Saldivar said. “I'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 … Sometimes, you look to do other things. It's nothing more than that."

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