Trustees select Dalia Benavides as lone finalist for superintendent; Dorris joins board

CCAISD trustees on Monday selected Dalia Benavides as the lone finalist for the district’s new superintendent. Ms. Benavides currently serves as middle school principal at Big Spring Independent School District.

Because of a mandatory 21-day waiting period by Texas law in which negotiations remain ongoing, no further information is available during this time. However, Ms. Benavides has earned degrees from Sul Ross State University and University of Texas at the Permian Basin. She has 27 years of education in education.

Following a short closed session, Paul Uranga, board president introduced Ms. Benavides. He also thanked the board for going through a very rigorous vetting process over the last few days. 

Afterward, Chief Financial Officer Julie Uranga administered the oath of office to newly elected board member Jack Dorris. The board thanked outgoing trustee Lisa Cottrell for her many years of service to CCAISD.

Interim Superintendent Debbie Engle announced that Chris Wilson had been hired as the new shop teacher to replace Joy Scott and that Jasmine Tarango was hired as an elementary teacher to replace Barbara Smith. In addition, Lindsey Tyrrell has tendered her resignation. That leaves a math teaching position available.

Next, the board voted on reorganization of officers. Trustees voted for Paul Uranga as president; Rocio Onate as vice-president and Letty Hernandez as secretary.

Ms. Engle also announced that Principal Kittie Gibson has been selected as one of 71 principals to attend the Harvard Principal Leadership Institute in Cambridge, Mass. this summer.

In other action, trustees:
•Approved TASB Manual Update 102
•Approved Senate Bill 149 Individual Graduation Committee
•Approved a budget amendment
•Approved account consolidations
•Approved Pecos County State Bank as the bank depository of 2015-2017
•Approved computer purchase for Secondary Computer Programming/Multimedia Lab
•Approved the sale of Cause #4840 to Tim Head for $1,090.