Finalist’s contract talks near an end

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Dr. Marc Puig

Dr. Marc Puig

The end of the 21-day period before San Benito CISD’s lone superintendent finalist can begin work is soon coming to an end.

The time is reserved for vetting and negotiations, giving the parties a grace period should they rethink their decisions.

According to SBCISD Board President Arnold Padilla, the negotiations are moving along as expected.

“There are discussions about the contract,” he said, as talks go back and forth between lone finalist Dr. Marc A. Puig’s attorney and the school district’s attorney.

Padilla said that he is confident the district and Puig will reach an agreement at the end of the 21 days.

It’s possible that Puig will be ready to step in to his new position during the first week of December, according board member Angel Mendez.

Mendez’s understanding is that, “if everything works out well, the 21 days are done … negotiations completed,” it could be as soon as Dec. 1 that the school district begins the Puig era.

“Dr. Puig and I have communicated a few times; he’s very excited to come to our community,” Padilla added.

In a letter to the editor published in the Nov. 16 edition of the San Benito News, Puig said, “I am truly honored to have been selected as the lone finalist for the San Benito CISD superintendent position.”

He wrote about “making small talk with several locals” during a short stay with his wife. “…We were incredibly humbled by their warmth and kindness,” Puig said of San Benito citizens.

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