On February 13, 2013, Rey Madrigal was named Superintendent of the Harlandale ISD. Mr. Madrigal had been serving as the Interim Superintendent since June 2012 but his roots in the district stem back to his childhood.
Raised in the community, Mr. Madrigal graduated from Harlandale High School (HHS) in 1982. His first job was at Lackland AFB but he soon realized it was not for him. When opportunity came knocking, Mr. Madrigal answered and headed straight into his first role as an educator, becoming a Special Education Teacher and Coach in 1986. He took on both roles at his alma mater as well as at McCollum High School (MHS) where he later became the Athletics Coordinator at Head Football Coach. In the years to follow, Mr. Madrigal started climbing the administrative ladder. He served as Vice Principal at MHS, Principal at Harlandale Middle School (HMS) and then was named Principal at Harlandale High School in 2005. He was able to transform the school from Academically Unacceptable to Recognized by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) from 2008-2010. A year later, Mr. Madrigal was chosen as the Assistant Superintendent for Operations where he saved the district more than $100,000 in overtime costs and was overseeing the completion of Bond 2006 & Bond 2009. Mr. Madrigal was named Interim Superintendent on June 21, 2012 and then choosen as the Superintendent about seven and a half months later. His contract runs through June 2015.
Because he is an educational leader, Mr. Madrigal has been invited to present at several conferences, including the National Leadership Conference on Effective Schools in the 21st Century and the 2011 Principal’s Forum. There is no denying Mr. Madrigal’s commitment to education or to the children of Harlandale. He has spent 30 years serving students and has even helped raise thousands of dollars with the Friends of the Indians Scholarship Golf Tournament.
Mr. Madrigal received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Master of Science in School Administration from Texas A&M University at Kingsville and Superintendent’s Certification from the Region 20 Texas Superintendents’ Certification Institute.
Mr. Madrigal is married and has two daughters. In his free time he enjoys playing golf and barbecuing.