By DAVID LOPEZ
Special to the NEWS
Rio Hondo ISD Superintendent Roger Ellis announced his retirement from the district early last week set for the end of August 2022. He will be taking sick leave starting July 1.
In an interview with the NEWS, the 65-year-old superintendent cited health concerns as his main reason for retiring, beginning first with his episode of heart failure last November, which occurred on a Monday night after a board meeting.
“My wife performed CPR on me for 10 minutes while waiting for the ambulance; the ambulance team on the way from my house to the hospital shocked me six times,” Ellis said. “They told my family I had a two percent chance of making it out, and I literally walked out December 30.”
Ellis was back in the district part-time in January and full time in February. He has a partial nephrectomy scheduled next Monday, where surgeons will remove a tumor and cyst from his left kidney. He will be out for 10 days following the procedure.
The announcement, he said, was a surprise to board members and staff.
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