The San Antonio Independent School District Board has selected a lone finalist for the job of superintendent.
He's 62-year-old Manuel Isquierdo, superintendent of Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson, Arizona.
SAISD Board President Ed Garza says the vote Monday night was unanimous.
"The District that he's currently in had a reputation as a dropout factory and now it has a reputation as a technology-savvy school district because of his emphasis on technology," Garza told 550 KTSA News.
He did receive criticism for some missteps at Sunnyside. Isquierdo ran up more than $12,000 in disallowed credit card charges, which he later paid back.
"Mistakes were made, but he's human. We've all made mistakes. The bigger question is did he learn from those mistakes and can SAISD benefit from the good things he's done?"
The Arizona Daily Star reports that Isquierdo informed his staff last week that he had accepted the job here in San Antonio, but Garza says Texas law requires a 21-day waiting period after the public vote to officially hire Isquierdo.
"By naming him a finalist, we are not hiring him, we're not approving a contract. We are merely allowing the vetting process to begin," said Garza.
The next step will be to seek input from district residents.
"The most important part of this process is getting public input and feedback and allowing the public to meet the finalist before he's named superintendent," said Garza.
The Arizona Daily reportsthat Isquierdo's base pay at Sunnyside was $150,000, but additional compensation allowed him to earn up to $350,000 a year. Garza says they haven't discussed what his earnings would be at SAISD.
Isquierdo would replace Dr. Robert Duron who resigned as superintendent of SAISD in February of 2012. Sylvester Perez has been serving as interim superintendent.