Detailing HISD's interim superintendent Abe Saavedra's career

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TIMELINE: HISD interim superintendent Abe Saavedra's career

Houston Independent School district voted Thursday evening to select Abelardo Saavedra to lead their district as interim superintendent.

If you're not familiar with Saavedra, he received a bachelor of science and a master of science from Texas A&M University, and a doctorate in school administration from the University of Michigan.

1972 - Saavedra began his career as a classroom teacher in his hometown of Corpus Christi.

1993 - Saavedra was named first Hispanic superintendent of Corpus Christi.

1999 - Corpus Christi school board trustees accused Saavedra of using a district credit card to buy alcohol at restaurants. A jury found him innocent at trial and the district paid him $325,514 to walk away.

2000 - Saavedra left Corpus Christi ISD.

February 2001 - Saavedra became the regional superintendent for HISD.

August 2004 - Saavedra was named the first Hispanic superintendent of HISD.

January 2007 - Saavedra asked to change his contract with HISD from three years to one, to make him more accountable for the district's performance.

August 2009 - Saavedra announced his retirement from HISD.

March 2014 - Saavedra was named superintendent of schools in the South San Antonio ISD.

October 2018 - Saavedra's last day with South San Antonio ISD.

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