2017-04-19 / Front Page

Search for RISD supt. continues reversing earlier action


Just when trustees with the Raymondville school district thought they found a new superintendent, their idea was erased from the chalkboard.

The board had announced early this month that Raul Leonidas Nuques was the sole finalist for the job that pays more than $140,000 a year.

But in less than a week before the deadline to formally hire the district’s new boss was to expire, the board is calling off its decision to hire him.

Two agenda items in last night’s special meeting called for discussing and possible action regarding “rescission” of naming sole finalist and continuing the search for a superintendent.

And after nearly an hour long executive session, the trustees unanimously approved to rescind the early decision to hire Nuques.

Butch Felkner, an official with the Texas Association of School Boards, went to the podium to praise the board’s action.

“I applaud your due diligence,” he said. “Sometimes it’s easy to say why the board did this or that, but you are doing the right thing to protect the interest of this district.”

Interviewed after the meeting, Felkner said people from here should pay attention to what the board is doing.

Four of the seven trustees who voted to hire Nuques are up for re-election in the May 6 elections and each one is facing opposition from others trying to unseat them.

Some residents said the board should wait to bring a new boss on board until after the election is over.

In the meantime, Dr. Douglas Moore will continue serving as acting superintendent until another applicant gets an offer to lead the district.

Although the board announced last month that it hired Nuques but waited 21 days to make it official, Nuques made a counter offer over what they had settled for.

In other words, he purportedly asked for more money.

Born in Ecuador, a country on the western coast of South America, Nuques worked as superintendent with the Hearne school district in Johnson County in east Texas.

But according to a news report, he was hired in January 2016 and he was fired by the board seven months later, or in July.

School district officials from Hearne did not respond to questions, citing district policy.

Apparently, the district had internal problems and hired different bosses to try to correct them.

Nuques also worked as superintendent in Zapata County and has held numerous jobs in McAllen, Houston and other cities.

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