Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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20180304 Vidaurri-3After months of searching, the Sharyland Independent School District named a lone finalist for the position of district superintendent.

At a special called meeting Wednesday, the board unanimously approved naming Maria Vidaurri, superintendent at Robstown Independent School District, as the lone finalist to replace current district Superintendent Robert O’Connor.

“It’s a great decision by the school board, they really went through all the applicants in search for someone who would be a great fit for the district and move it forward,” O’Connor said Wednesday. “Vidaurri has worked for the district in the past and she brings stability and maturity you see from someone who has been a superintendent for five years.”

Vidaurri, a native of Premont, has 33 years of experience in education and has worked at the independent school districts for the cities of Alice, Hidalgo ISD, La Feria and even served Sharyland as the district’s federal programs director. She has spent the last five years as superintendent of Robstown ISD, a news release from Sharyland stated.

Since she became its superintendent, Robstown ISD-located west of Corpus Christi-has met state academic standards and earned an Early College High School designation for Robstown High School. The district also secured a $4.2 million, 21st Century grant, a January 2017 the Corpus Christi Caller Times stated.

That same article said Vidaurri’s contract at Robstown ISD was extended through the 2021-2022 school year. According to O’Connor, Vidaurri will have to discuss with the school board of trustees at Robstown ISD when she can leave to work at Sharyland.

“It’s a blessing to be given this opportunity to come back to Sharyland,” Vidaurri said Thursday. “It will be exciting to work with a school board who has high expectations for their new leader and tremendous support for the district. I know we will work together to push Sharyland to the next level of excellence.”

The date of Vidaurri’s hiring has not yet been set. Texas law requires a 21-day waiting period from the announcement of the lone finalist before hiring can take place.

This comes after O’Connor announced last fall he would be leaving the district due to undisclosed health reasons. He will stay at Sharyland through the summer to help Vidaurri with the transition period, he said Wednesday.
O’Connor said he plans to move to Dallas to be close to his doctors there and continue working part-time in education.

Among the achievements the district has received under O’Connor is earning postsecondary distinction from the Texas Education Agency for the last four years in a row.

According to School Board President Julio Cerda, Vidaurri was one of more than 40 candidates to apply for this position.

“It was a tough decision because we had very good candidates, but her experience around the Valley was a draw,” he said. “She’s been named superintendent of the year for region 2 and the district has received a lot of accolades because of her. It says a lot about her.”