SAISD Superintendent named CEO of Chicago Public School System

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — The Superintendent of the San Antonio Independent School District is heading back to his hometown.

Pedro Martinez is going to be announced at the new head of the Chicago Public School system.

He reportedly beat out more than 20 other candidates for the job.

Martinez actually held a position with the Chicago Public School System before coming to San Antonio.

He released a statement Wednesday morning:

“I will always care deeply about San Antonio ISD. Although I’m leaving with a heavy heart, I know this district will not skip a beat in its pursuit of excellence on behalf of our children. The strongest organizations are those that are built to outlive us – to be sustainable beyond the current leadership. And SAISD clearly has the depth of talent and skill to move gracefully forward.

The Board and the staff are extremely effective at what they do, and SAISD is in a strong position for continued success. Strength runs deep throughout the district – amongst our Trustees and across campuses, classrooms, departments and advisory committees. I personally know how dedicated our Board members are to this community, to equity, and to student and family support. They are bold leaders, and under their guidance, the SAISD team has implemented nationally recognized safety practices, are executing the largest bond effort in district and city history, and have gathered the parent feedback to accomplish a thoughtful and inclusive multi-year ESSER plan.

Improving the lives of children through education has always been, and will always be, this district’s top priority. I am grateful to everyone within the SAISD family and throughout the San Antonio community for their support in embracing change – and in welcoming me. The admiration has been mutual.”

A statement from SAISD Board President Christina Martinez:

“It’s no surprise to us that Superintendent Martinez has been highly sought out. And as much as we hate to lose him, we know that the internal motivation that he has to go back to his hometown and work in the same public schools that raised him is deeper or stronger than any of us will ever understand. Our Board stands cohesively ready to embrace the next great superintendent.”

She says the district is in great position to recruit a replacement.

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