Detailing HISD's interim superintendent Abe Saavedra's career

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- 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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