Two more campus principals in the Kingsville Independent School District will not be returning next year after husband and wife Joe and Dawn Mireles submitted letters of retirement on Monday.

Joe Mireles has been an administrator with the KISD since 1997, and the H.M. King High School principal since 2015, while Harvey Elementary School Principal Dawn Mireles has been a KISD administrator since 2003.

Kingsville ISD Superintendent Elida Bera confirmed the retirements Tuesday afternoon.

Joe and Dawn Mireles join several other KISD administrators who resigned or retired during the 2018-19 academic year since the district’s previous superintendent, Carol Perez, resigned to become the superintendent of Mission Consolidated ISD last summer.

In summer 2018, the KISD board accepted the resignations of Assistant Superintendent for Support Services Rodrigo Pena and Director of Technology Juan Diego Vasquez-Cruz. 

Both positions have since been filled, with Kamara Adams hired as the assistant superintendent of support services in December 2018, and Joe Martinez as the technology director in April this year.

At the start of the fall semester, two more central office directors resigned from the district: Director of Maintenance/Transportation Rey Suarez and Director of Instructional Services Roger Hill.

The KISD board eliminated the maintenance/transportation director position in September 2018, splitting its duties across three foreman positions overseeing the district’s maintenance, transportation and custodial services.

In December 2018, Hartman Elementary School Principal Yliana Gonzalez was hired as the instructional services director, but resigned from the Kingsville ISD in March this year.

Several administration changes occurred in January of this year, as Federal Programs Director Peter Pitts was reassigned to Kleberg Elementary School and Special Education Director Norma Alvarez was assigned to Memorial Middle School, with both to serve as assistant principals.

Alvarez, who retired after 46 years with the Kingsville ISD at the end of April, clarified in a phone interview Tuesday that she never served as an assistant principal at Memorial Middle School as she had taken 12 weeks of family leave for personal reasons prior to her retirement.

During the May 13 regular school board meeting, Pitts was hired as the district’s chief financial officer in a 5-2 split vote.

Also in January, Director of Finance/Personnel Services Sharon Michalk and Athletic Director Teddy Carrier were moved to coordinator positions. Michalk resigned from the KISD in early February, and Carrier resigned in early May after the board voted 4-3 against renewing his contract.

Other resignations and retirements in recent weeks include Memorial Middle School Principal Alys Williams, Gillett Intermediate Principal Guadalupe Martinez, Perez Elementary Principal Leo Ramos (retired), H.M. King High School Assistant Principal Max Segovia, Kleberg Elementary Assistant Principal Veronica Fowler and Harvey Elementary Assistant Principal Veronica Silva.

As of press time, the only remaining campus principals from the 2018-19 academic year are Harrel Elementary Principal Martha Ramirez and Kleberg Elementary Principal Connie Herrera.

In an interview last week, Superintendent Bera said she would be bringing to the KISD school board possible campus administration changes, which could include moving principals to different campuses or positions, at their next regular meeting, scheduled for Memorial Day on May 27.

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

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