Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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Sharyland ISD canceled the trustee election and approved the $115,000-settlement for Nereida Cantu at the special meeting March 7.

sharyland-logo-copy-1Local business owner Keith Padilla will take over Place 7 on the Sharyland ISD board of trustees, following the May 7 elections.

Currently in Place 7 is Rolando Peña, who decided to not run for reelection this year, and no other candidates applied before the deadline.

Padilla, the owner of Mission Duncan Insurance Agency said he’s been wanting to run for the school board for the past 10 years. He currently has three children in the school district – two at Pioneer High School and one at Shary North Jr. High.

“My viewpoint is not to come in and try to shake anything up. I just want to be a listener. I want to make recommendations based on the facts,” Padilla said. “We have good leaders, we have good principals and a great superintendent. I just want to follow their lead and try to continue the entire Sharyland school district the best it can be.”

Place 5 and Place 6 are also up for election, but current occupants Noel Garza and Noe Oliveira also did not have any opponents apply for the position. They will remain on the board.

The board also approved a settlement agreement for former assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction Nereida “Nellie” Cantu. The amount of $115,023.40 will be paid to Cantu in a lump sum payment before July 31, 2016.

The former assistant superintendent of curriculum received an informal notice of a recommendation for non-extension of her contract in spring 2015 when Filomena Leo was the interim superintendent. In late May 2015, Cantu was demoted to director of professional development, but she was not told her duties and was told not to report to work.

Because the board approved settlement terms, the district eliminated the position of director of professional development for the 2016-17 school year. However, Cantu is officially resigning as assistant superintendent of curriculum, according to Superintendent Robert O’Connor.

“I have to be careful with what I say because there’s some terms in the settlement agreement as to what her position was and what was not,” O’Connor said.