ROUND ROCK, Texas -- The name of the person who will likely head up the Round Rock Independent School District was announced around 5 p.m. Friday.
The school board announced the finalist is Steve Flores, Ph.D.
The search for a new Round Rock superintendent is seven months in the making. The former Round Rock superintendent, Dr. Jesus Chavez, shocked the community when he announced in January that he would not be serving out the remaining two and a half years on his contract.
According to a press release from RRISD, "Dr. Flores has served as the Superintendent of Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District since July 2008, where he has increased graduation rates and student achievement. In addition, the district passed a $98.6 million bond referendum in May 2010. Prior to Harlingen, Dr. Flores served the students of Dallas ISD, first as the Area VI Superintendent then Deputy Superintendent and finally Chief of Staff. He has served as an Assistant Superintendent for both Pflugerville ISD and Round Rock ISD. While at Round Rock ISD he also served briefly as the Acting Superintendent."
“I am honored by the Board’s confidence in me and thrilled to return to Round Rock ISD where I hold many fond memories of the supportive staff and community,” said Dr. Flores upon learning of the announcement. “I believe the Board and I share the same philosophy of putting students at the core of all decisions.”
While Round Rock ISD is celebrating this announcement, it is not a done deal yet. By state law the school district has to wait at least 21 days before settling on a contract with Dr. Flores.
Dr. Flores is expected to make something close to what his predecessor was making -- about a quarter of a million dollars.
Round Rock ISD says Dr. Flores, "began his educational career as a paraprofessional working for three years in San Angelo ISD while completing his bachelor’s degree. He then went on to become a teacher and a coach, followed by serving as a vice principal at Central High School and then principal of Edison Junior High School all in San Angelo. Dr. Flores worked as the executive assistant for Special Projects for the Texas Association of School Administrators while finishing his Ph. D. from the University of Texas at Austin in educational administration. He earned his superintendent’s certificate from Texas Tech University in Lubbock and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Angelo State University."
Dr. Flores is married to Amy, who was a teacher at Fern Bluff Elementary School in Round Rock ISD from 1999 to 2006 and currently teaches in Harlingen. They have two sons.