The Canutillo Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to start the process to hire Dr. Pedro Galavíz as its new Superintendent Tuesday night.
In a unanimous vote, the Board voted to direct the District's legal counsel and executive officers to start drafting a contract with Galavíz, who currently works as Executive Director of Secondary Schools for the Round Rock Independent School District near Austin.
Tuesday's vote ends a four-month search following the departure of former superintendent Dr. Damon Murphy due to a cheating scandal.
"We had a great search and three very qualified finalists," said CISD Board President Armando Rodriguez. " The Board is confident, though, that we have found a great leader and a wonderful match for Canutillo in Dr. Galavíz. We are excited to see him come to CISD and look forward to great things happening."
Dr. Galavíz oversees all secondary campuses in Round Rock ISD, where 12 out of the 13 campuses he oversees are high performing. He has been a teacher and campus principal at the elementary- and high-school level.
He has degrees from Texas State University in San Marcos and earned a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. He is married and has two children.
The Board is now expected to negotiate a contract, including salary and start date. No date has been scheduled for his arrival in Canutillo, but Dr. Galavíz is expected to be in the district by the end of the school year.
Interim Superintendent Annette Brigham will remain at the helm of the district until Dr. Galavíz's arrival in Canutillo.
"We want to give Ms. Brigham our most sincere thanks for the great job she's done in keeping the District moving forward during these trying times," Rodriguez said. "She is a great asset for Canutillo and will help make the transition to our new superintendent very smooth."