SHAKE UP: Limón makes several principal reassignments

By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ
Managing Editor
editor@sbnewspaper.com

SBCISD logoFacing possible suspension on Thursday, San Benito CISD Superintendent of Schools Antonio G. Limón confirmed on Monday a number of administrative changes in assurance of the district’s progression, he said.

“To ensure that the district continues moving in the forward direction, I am making the following reassignments of personnel for the 2013-2014 school year,” Limón said before announcing principal swaps at five campuses.

Citing authority that he said “belongs strictly to the superintendent,” Limón reassigned on Monday San Benito Veterans Memorial Academy Principal Teresa Servellon to serve as principal at San Benito High School. It’s a position that current SBHS principal, Delia Weaver, will vacate on June 30.

Weaver has previously attributed her pending departure to long-awaited retirement plans, this after 36 years of employment with San Benito CISD, the last six of which as high school principal.

Replacing Servellon as VMA principal will be SBHS Assistant Principal Henry Sanchez, Limón said, adding that Frank Roberts Elementary School Principal Gilbert Galvan has been reassigned as principal at Ed Downs Elementary. Limón previously stated that Tim Moon, who has served as principal at Ed Downs for two years, indicated his plans to resign at the end of this school year as a result of a pending move to another district.

In addition, Fred Booth Elementary School Assistant Principal Carmen Ramos was reassigned as Frank Roberts principal by the superintendent.

“I have authority to make those reassignments, authority which belongs strictly to the superintendent,” Limón said.

Such action was taken by Limón after learning on Monday of a special board meeting, reportedly called by School Board President Yliana G. Rodriguez, in which trustees will discuss and take possible action on “the employment status and possible investigation of the superintendent, including but not limited to, placing the superintendent on paid administrative leave.”

The meeting, which is scheduled for 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, at the John F. Barron Administration Building on 240 N. Crockett St. in San Benito, will also include the discussion and possible action by the Board of Trustees on employing an interim superintendent.

Limón has said that he’s uncertain as to why an investigation would be sought against him; however, he alleged that the motivations behind his removal are to “embarrass” his family. “The whole issue is to prevent me from being on stage when my daughter graduates,” said Limón, whose daughter, a San Benito High School senior, is scheduled to graduate with the rest of her class on Friday, June 7.

Attempts to reach Yliana G. Rodriguez for comment have been unsuccessful as of 5:30 p.m.

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