In a unanimous vote, the Kingsville Independent School District Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of the district’s assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, Graciela Pizzini, pending the hiring of her replacement, during Monday’s regular meeting.

Pizzini, who confirmed prior to the meeting that she is being considered for an executive director position with the Alice Independent School District, was hired to serve as a Kingsville ISD assistant superintendent in July this year. She is the third KISD administrator to oversee curriculum and instruction for the district in 2019. 

In January, former KISD Superintendent Elida Bera shifted curriculum and instruction responsibilities of then-assistant superintendent Grace Ruiz to the district’s instructional services director, Yliana Gonzalez, while Ruiz oversaw the KISD’s special education and career and technical education departments.

Gonzalez, who had been hired for the position that same month, resigned from the district in mid-March to serve as the interim superintendent for the Ramirez Common School District.

Ruiz resigned from the district in early May, ending a nearly 30-year tenure as an educator and administrator with the KISD.

Bera first recommended Pizzini, then an educational services administrator with San Diego ISD, to the KISD school board fill the assistant superintendent vacancy during their July 11 special meeting, but the motion failed on a 3-3 split vote.

Board Vice-President Brandon Greenwood and trustees Steven Crites and Lynn Yaklin voted in favor, while Board Secretary Corando Garza and trustees Cory Garza and Nick Prado were against.

Pizzini was again brought before the board during the July 15 regular meeting where she was hired in a 4-3 split. Board President Brian Coufal, who was not present for the July 11 special meeting, voted in favor of her hire, while the rest of the board voted the same as in the previous meeting.

After meeting in closed session Monday, the board voted 6-0 to accept Pizzini’s resignation once a suitable replacement is hired. Corando Garza made the motion, and Cory Garza seconded.

Coufal was not present for Monday’s regular meeting.

Anthony Ruiz can be contacted at aruiz@king-ranch.com or (361) 221-0251.

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