Harlingen CISD searching for new superintendent

After more than 5 years with the Harlingen School District, Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores is leaving.

Dr. Flores is the lone finalist after a unanimous vote by the Round Rock School Board to become its next superintendent.

"Hate to see him go, but we understand that he is going to another school district in public education to be able to do great things there as well. So I have mixed feelings yet it TMs a profession| and school districts in Round Rock look for the best, said HCISD Board President George McShan.

George McShan said Flores has been a great asset to the district.

Flores has implemented instructional and leadership initiatives for both students and staff, helped in passing the voter-approved 2010 bond of $98.6 million to build the new freshman academy, performing arts center, agricultural farm and aquatics center.

"He's a visionary- he's made changes in public education focusing on teaching and learning quality. He is a passionate leader," said McShan.

McShan says Flores' contributions haven't gone unnoticed. He's not leaving a void, McShan added, but instead is leaving a strong system in place.

"He's done wonderful things for the Harlingen School District and we wish him well," said HCISD parent Orlando Trevio.

Trevio's daughter is a HCISD high school student.

He told Action 4 even though school starts Monday, he is not concerned with the superintendent changes ahead.

"He's left the district in such good shape I know whoever comes in| the school board will do a thorough job in finding a replacement for him and I'm sure that the new superintendent, whoever he or she may be, will pick up right where he left off and continue to help our district move into the next generation," said Trevio.

There is a waiting period of 21 days before Round Rock ISD can officially offer Dr. Flores a contract.

Harlingen CISD said they are looking to start the search for a new superintendent as soon as possible and hope to have someone fill the position by early October.Click here to follow Ashly Custer on Twitter