School's out for Saavedra

August 30, 2009 7:51:10 AM PDT
Monday is the last day on the job for Houston Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Abe Saavedra. He came to the post in December 2004. Under Dr. Saavedra's leadership, HISD enacted a new pay-for-performance program for teachers and the district built science labs in more than 100 elementary schools. Dr. Saavedra also spearheaded a "reach out to dropouts" campaign.

The school board named San Diego School District Superintendent Terry Grier as a finalist to replace Dr. Saavedra. The board hopes to make a decision in a few weeks.

HISD Chief Financial Officer Melinda Garrett will serve as interim superintendent.

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