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 Dr. Arredondo

THURSDAY, 10-22-2020 PHARR -- People who follow PSJA politics have known for some time that PSJA ISD’s new superintendent, Jorge L. Arredondo, or at least his style of leadership, was going to become an issue this school board race. Why? Well, because the school board vote to hire him in 2019 was split 4-3; and that same vote is basically the same way the two opposing slates have now split this election. Arredondo has just passed his one-year anniversary on the job, presumably giving voters enough time to judge his performance.   Three of the school board members who voted to hire him– Jesse Zambrano, Jorge Zambrano, and Jesse Vela – are running together with newcomer Cynthia Gutierrez. Together, they comprise the PSJA Stronger Together Campaign 2020 slate. The other board member who voted to hire Arredondo, “George” Palacios, isn’t up for re-election this year, but is supporting the PSJA Stronger Together slate.   In stark contrast, stands the PSJA Family Matters slate, comprised of one of the board members who voted against the hiring of Jorge Arredondo: Victor Perez. The remaining two PSJA board members who also voted against Arredondo’s hiring, Carlos Villegas and Ricardo “Rick” Pedraza, are not up for re-election this year, but are both supporting the Family Matters slate, thus cutting ties with their slate mate from 2018, “George” Palacios.   According to at least one political ad published in The Advance News Journal this election in opposition to the PSJA Stronger Together Campaign 2020 slate, the school district has hired four new “Chiefs” under Arredondo’s leadership, with board approval, and placed them above four assistant superintendents who were already on the job when he was hired. On the ad, in addition to the “Chiefs,” Dr. Arredondo’s title is listed, and under it, there is this wording: “Over $1 million in salaries and benefits. (Combined for the positions listed).”   Like so many political ads, it’s often times how something is phrased. For example, that one could have been read by some as suggesting that the district is paying approximately $1 million more in high-level salaries than it did prior to Arredondo’s arrival. Especially since on the ad, under the word “Chiefs,” the phrase “New Hire” was also added.   In fact, during this election, that claim has been lobbed at the superintendent and the board majority – too many new hires started showing up to work in the administration office after Arredondo came on the ...

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