‘Loss of control’ cited in chief’s demotion

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The loss of control of his staff was cited as one of the determining factors in Santiago R. Garcia’s demotion from the school district’s police chief to police officer.

Garcia was informed of the reassignment via correspondence from San Benito CISD Interim Superintendent Dr. Ismael Cantu on Friday, Jan. 17. In the reassignment letter, which was released to the San Benito News on Tuesday in response to a request, Cantu said the decision was made to demote Garcia in rank due to “many complaints that have been filed” against the now-former chief by members of his own staff.

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    • Too little, too late on February 2, 2014 at 8:33 am
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    Yes his test scores were low, probably the lowest…. And he gets promoted to a bigger school and more money. Only in San Benito

    • Carlos Canas on January 31, 2014 at 7:43 am
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    What we need in this school board as well in our city, state and federal government is transparency. As for the replacement we have right now I would like to know how schools were scoring under his administration. I am not all that impressed with how many organizations you worked with, I want to know and believe the public should know how schools did under this person’s leadership. In my years of teaching the majority of years my class scored high enough to be recognized or exemplary. As far as I am concerned the focus within this district as well as most of the other districts has gone from one of concern for students to one of micromanaging each classroom. There has been an increased mistrust of teachers and loss of respect for their ability to teach. With federal guidelines and TEA telling us what to teach and how to teach we find schools losing their best and brightest teachers. At the same time that so much pressure is being placed on teachers parental involvement is not even expected anymore and it shows. Parents are the first teachers and in reality the most important teachers of children.

      • Haaayyyyy on January 31, 2014 at 8:44 am
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      Good points Canas. Speaking of leadership…

      Gotta love what Mr. Haaayyyyy aka Mr. Galvan did at his previous campus. His test scores were UH MAY ZING!!! (That’s sarcasm for those that didn’t get it) His reward for doing SO WELL? He got placed as the principal of the VMA. Where is the logic behind that? Good job board.

    • Reconstituting SB on January 30, 2014 at 10:08 pm
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    Speaking of the School District, morale is at an all time low. It starts at the top, and yes, especially in the trenches, at the schools themselves. My better half recently celebrated a Birthday. Upon arriving home, I asked if anyone at school had acknowledged birthday. Response was well, my class sang to me, that was so special. I asked if there had been an intercom announcement, or a Birthday greeting from the Principal, or his office? “Nada” was the response.

    I would send each and everyone of my employees a birthday card to their home, and if I was visiting their facility, I would seek them out to wish them a Happy Birthday. I know this might sound nit picky to some, and of little value, but to me it’s an example of the lack of gratitude and caring exhibited by those in charge.

    • 32 on January 30, 2014 at 12:54 pm
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    One might say that the purpose of a school board is to represent a school district and also strive for what’s best for the school district. Has anyone ever taken the time to read the words that run across the SBCISD logo?


    One might say that the purpose of a school district is to do just that – have students learn. This implies that students are what is most important when comes to anything related to the school district – administration, teachers, staff, school board members, etc.

    On that note, January is about to come to an end. I would just like to take the time and thank the SBCISD school board for all they do for the students of the SBCISD – it is School Board Recognition Month. I want to thank the school board member that DID NOT take the time to visit the school and students they said they would visit this school year. I would also like to thank the school board member that DID NOT take the time to visit the school and students they said they would visit last school year as well.

    Actions speak louder than words.

    • Reform San Benito on January 29, 2014 at 1:02 pm
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    Loss of control — out of control — is precisely why there will be a new majority on the board come election time. Can you say ‘Board President Arnold Padilla?’

      • Frank on January 30, 2014 at 3:15 am
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      Nope san benito doesn’t want him either

    • richard on January 28, 2014 at 10:26 pm
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    It is interesting how a “hired gun” that just came in as interim can make such a quick judgement on a law officer of so many years. Those close to the chief know that his comments about losing control were taken out of context. The chief himself will tell you that during the time those 5 officers filed a grievance he was instructed by the attorneys to not communicate with them. Every time he tired to correct them they would go running to their attorney. (that is where the losing control comment came) Those officers didn’t even show up for the graduation Saturday morning opening disobeying the chief. No action was taken against those officers because they were protected by the traveling four. (Then “hired gun” Obregon refused to discipline them.) One of those 5 officers even fabricated most of the cases against the suspended superintendent and took them to the traveling four (have suitcase will travel) that were looking for any excuse. Just plain and simply “hired gun” that is all Cantu is. Well that is what you get for $500. a day (Have certification will travel) Sorry been watching to much Paladin.

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