By JACOB LOPEZ
It’s going to be a clean slate for Dr. Marc A. Puig, the lone finalist for superintendent when he begins work at San Benito after his 21-day waiting period, and one without a familiar face in the confines of the San Benito CISD John F. Barron Administration Building.
Celeste Z. Sanchez will not renew her contract as the school district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, she confirmed Thursday.
Sanchez, who also serves as mayor of San Benito, instead plans to focus her energies on her duties with the city.
“Now I’m going to devote my full-time to the city,” said Sanchez, citing the following endeavors: “Like the Citizens Academy and things I want to do with downtown.”
“Now I have time to do them 100 percent, but I’m still available for consultant contracting,” she added.
For the school district, Sanchez, who retired this past summer, worked on a contractual basis as a part-time consultant, working three eight-hour days per week.
In the contract agreement, dated Sept. 22, her start date was Oct. 1 with an ending date of Dec. 18.
However, Sanchez said it was mutual decision by her and district officials not to renew her contract, which leaves her post vacant.
According to outgoing Superintendent Antonio G. Limón, Sanchez’s last day in office was Friday, Nov. 14, though her contract was set to expire in December.
“But … there were other commitments that she had with the city, and the district getting ready with the other superintendent coming in,” Limón said. “That’s going to be one of the positions that he (Puig) is going to be filling when he comes in, so the time was right for her … to go back to the mayor’s position full-time.”
“Dr. Puig would come in to a situation where he’ll be at liberty to have say-so in the selection of whoever’s going to take those offices. That includes the principalship at Riverside,” said Limón.