In a significant development, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has taken decisive action by appointing a board of managers and a new superintendent for the La Joya Independent School District. The move comes in response to longstanding concerns and requests from district employees for state intervention, citing frustration and stress caused by issues within the school district.
Brenda Salinas, the president of the district's teacher's union, expressed relief and trust in the newly appointed members. The decision follows a TEA investigation that uncovered evidence of corruption within the school board.
Salinas acknowledged the challenges ahead but expressed confidence that the appointed individuals would prioritize the best interests of the district. Dr. Marcey Sorensen has been appointed as the new superintendent and has emphasized her commitment to engaging with all stakeholders, including those who may disagree with the decision.
Gema Guajardo, a parent with a daughter at La Joya High School, voiced her lack of trust in the previous board and hopes for positive changes under the new leadership.
The newly appointed members assumed their roles on Thursday, signaling a fresh start for the La Joya Independent School District. Meanwhile, outgoing superintendent Beto Gonzalez, hired in September 2023, is entitled to severance pay for six months in the event of a TEA takeover.