The San Antonio School District has a new superintendent. The board voted unanimously Monday night to appoint Dr. Sylvester Perez as superintendent.
Perez has been serving as interim superintendnet since March 2012 and was named the lone finalist by the board last month. By law, the board had to wait 21 days before hiring him as superintendnet.
Trustees Monday night approved a two year contract, which officially begins July 1.
"I look forward to working with the board of trustees,district employees, parents, students and community leaders during this critical time in public education in Texas and here at SAISD," said Perez. "I've seen the level of commitment by our employees, and I know that together, we will overcome the many challenges that still must be met to help SAISD reach a higher level of academics and overall success."
Perez, a native of San Antonio has worked as an educator for 38 years, including 13 years as superintendent in the Mathis, Clint, San Marcos and Midland school districts. Prior to becoming a superintendent, he held positions as principal, athletic director, teacher and coach.
He was among five finalists for Texas Superintendent of the Year in 2006.
Perez currently is an adjunct professor with the University of Texas at Austin's Cooperative Superintendent Program and has served as an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.