Aguero is Marfa ISD superintendent finalist
By NICK WINCHESTER
MARFA — School board members selected interim Superintendent Oscar Aguero as the lone finalist in Marfa ISD’s superintendent search. The board voted 6-1 at a special meeting held Friday, May 19.
Following an executive session, board President Katie Price Fowlkes re-established the open session and entertained motions on the consideration and possible action on the superintendent candidate lone finalist. Ten educator applicants responded to the school district’s call for a superintendent.
Trustee Maria Teresa Villarreal Nuñez made the motion to name Aguero the finalist. Trustee Mark Cash seconded the motion. Six of the board members voted in the affirmative, including trustee Lori Flores, David Walstrom, Joe Pat Clayton and Fowlkes, Cash, and Nuñez. Board member Frank “Buddy” Knight was the lone nay vote. The motion passed 6-1.
“I feel honoured and still nervous, as well,” Aguero told the Marfa Big Bend Sentinel following the special meeting. “I think now is the time to really get to work.”
He added, “We’ve been working hard all this time, but now there is some certainty, we can start moving forward and really making the progress I think we can make.”
Looking forward, Aguero said he would be spending the summer “setting up systems of success for next year.” These include taking a look at how the school does things, its processes, and communication, in order to improve “how are we are delivering things to staff, students, and parents.”
Aguero said next year’s focus is going to be on literacy. “That’s been my priority since I’ve gotten here. We’re going to work on literacy because I think literacy improves all the other subjects,” he said.
Aguero thanked staff and the board for their support. He also thanked his wife and kids, who he said, “have put up the most.”
His wife, Cheri, is the Marfa ISD Montessori teacher for grades one through four. They have two children in the Marfa school.
During the April 24 school board meeting, teachers, as well as members of the community, spoke in support of Aguero becoming the district’s permanent superintendent. Thanking his colleagues, Aguero said, “It’s the teachers who really do the work.”
Aguero, who has been interim superintendent since October, and previously the district principal the past two years, added, “it’s pretty neat to be able to lead this school district that has meant a lot to me. This is the town where my mother was born, my grandmother has lived here, and now I officially get to lead it. That’s amazing.”
He added, “It’s wonderful to have all these people saying, ‘Hey, thank you for doing what you do.’”