The San Antonio ISD Board of Trustees late Monday formally hired interim Superintendent Dr. Sylvester Perez as the district's new leader, ending a year long drama which included some candidates taking their name out of consideration, and the board's previous choice having to withdraw after details were released about his past, 1200 WOAI news.
The board then handed Perez a contract which makes him the highest paid superintendent in Bexar County, making more than the superintendents of the Northside and North East ISDs, which have far more students than the SAISD.
Perez has been superintendent in four Texas school districts, Mathis, Clint, San Marcos and Midland, and is current an adjunct professor with the University of Texas at Austin's Cooperative Superintendent Program. He has also been an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University, and has been among the finalists for Texas Superintendent of the Year.
But it is Perez' very generous $283,000 a year salary which is getting the most attention.
According to the Texas Education Agency, the SAISD has 54,000 students. But Perez will make more money than the superintendent of the Northside ISD, with just over 100,000 students, ($270,000) and the North East ISD, with more than 67,000 students ($260,000).
In fact, Perez will make almost as much as the superintendent of the Houston ISD, the largest school district in Texas with 208,000 students, nearly four times the number of students in the SAISD ($300,000).
Perez formally drops the 'interim' and becomes the new Superintendent of the SAISD on July 1.