Veronica Alfaro

In a unanimous 7-0 vote, the Santa Gertrudis Independent School District Board of Trustees approved during last Wednesday’s meeting hiring interim superintendent and lone finalist Veronica Alfaro as the district’s permanent superintendent on a one-year term contract.

“I’m very excited to get this going,” Alfaro said after signing her contract during the May 22 meeting.

Alfaro has served as an educator for 26 years, with 15 years in the Santa Gertrudis ISD, including six years as the Academy High School principal. She has also served as the district’s director of advanced studies and as the executive director of school improvement and instruction.

She received her bachelor’s degree from then-Texas A&I University in 1993, her master’s degree in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2003 and her doctorate in Educational Leadership from TAMUK in 2013.

In late June 2018, the school board unanimously accepted the resignation of its former superintendent, Corey Seymour, and named Alfaro the district’s interim superintendent in early July. She has continued to serve in that capacity.

On Feb. 26, nearly eight months since Seymour’s resignation, the SGISD board approved moving forward with the superintendent search under the guidance of educational consultant Ann Dixon, along with Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo and Kyle P.C.

The board convened on March 25 to review the candidate applications, selecting four of the 19 the district received for interviews starting in early April. On April 8, they convened in a special meeting to name Alfaro the lone finalist for the position.

The board then had to wait through a state-mandated 21-day waiting period before officially hiring Alfaro to the superintendent position, during which time she continued to serve in an interim capacity.

“I think the board is fully invested in Dr. Alfaro’s approach as the superintendent,” Board President Jesse Garcia said. “We feel that she will succeed and do well, and encourage her to work hard for us to meet the needs of the district and its students.”

Anthony Ruiz can be contacted at or (361) 221-0251.

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