ROUND ROCK – The end of an era in education was marked with one announcement in Round Rock Wednesday afternoon.
“I wanted to announce my retirement today,” said Jesus Chavez, superintendent of Round Rock ISD in a specially called press conference at Round Rock Independent School District headquarters.
“I'm indebted to Round Rock ISD for the great opportunities they offered me,” said Chavez.
Chavez served as the Round Rock superintendent beginning February 2006.
The Brownsville, Texas native has 34 years in education, which includes everything from an elementary school teacher to an associate principal.
Jesus Chavez, 56, said he is most proud of his talented leadership teams and the passage of two bond packages in 2006 and in 2008.
“Our board, our central office administrators, certainly very proud of our teachers. Certainly very proud of our principals,” he said.
In 2012 when rumors surfaced that the Round Rock Independent School District board was not going to renew Chavez’s contract, KVUE learned that not only was Chavez's contract extended to 2015, but he also received a near $6,000 bonus on top of his $260,000 annual salary.
“His leadership is the reason people around the state continue to look at Round Rock ISD as the way to do things right,” said Christine Hanna, the Round Rock Independent School District school board president.
Chavez told reporters he has no idea what he’ll be doing next, but he promised that he will stay in the Round Rock area and will still be involved in education.
The Round Rock superintendent’s last day is December 31, 2013.