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UPDATED 10:45 a.m. JAN. 5: This story was updated throughout to include Jesus H. Chavez’s application.


Two former public education superintendents with experience leading considerably larger school districts have submitted late-hour applications for San Marcos CISD interim superintendent.

JG Consulting, the district’s Austin-based search firm, distributed résumés and cover letters this week from former San Marcos CISD Superintendent Hector Montenegro, who also held administrative positions in the Dallas, El Paso and San Diego school districts, and from Jesus H. Chavez, the former Round Rock and Corpus Christi school district superintendent.

San Marcos CISD trustees are scheduled to meet Jan. 19 to name an interim leader, a position they seek to fill before Superintendent Mark Eads retires on Jan. 31.

After serving as the San Marcos schools district’s top administrator between 1996 and 2001, Montenegro accepted a job as a Dallas ISD deputy superintendent, a position he held between 2001 and 2003. He went on to serve as superintendent for El Paso’s Ysleta ISD between 2003 and 2008 and then a short stint as the Arlington ISD superintendent in 2008. Montenegro was an area superintendent over 26 schools in the San Diego, Calif. school district between 2010 and 2011.

Chavez retired as the Round Rock ISD superintendent in December 2013 after 7.5 years in the position. Previously, he was the was the Corpus Christi ISD superintendent between 2001 and 2006, and the Harlingen CISD superintendent between 1995 and 2001.

Trustees previously chose former Comal ISD Superintendent Marc H. Walker and former Dripping Springs ISD assistant superintendent Gregory A. Jung as finalists for the interim position. A third finalist, former San Marcos and San Antonio ISD superintendent Sylvester Perez, withdrew his application earlier this month.

CORRECTION 10:22 a.m. JAN. 15: An earlier version of this story attributed a quote from Chavez’s introductory letter to Montenegro.

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