ROUND ROCK -- The superintendent of the Round Rock Independent School District has announced he will retire at the end of the year.
Dr. Jesús H. Chávez announced his retirement plans on Wednesday during a press conference. He has been superintendent for RRISD since February of 2006 and plans to retire on Dec. 31, 2013, though he has two-and-a-half years left on his contract.
Chavez told reporters Wednesday that he is most proud of his tireless staff and the passing of bond packages in 2006 and in 2008.
He says his decision to retire early has nothing to do with some of the controversy from a year or two ago. That's when a number of the Round Rock ISD board members questioned some changes Chavez made district-wide regarding the grading system.
The superintendent calls his decision to retire a difficult one but says it's best for him and his family. He told KVUE he's not sure what he'll be doing but says he will still be in the Round Rock area.
In a release, district officials said Dr. Chávez was named Superintendent of the Year for his region in 2009 and 2011. He was also one of five state finalists for Texas' Superintendent of the Year in 2009.
Dr. Chávez started his career as a third grade teacher with Brownsville ISD in 1979. He has also worked for Harlingen CISD and Corpus Christi ISD.