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Board unanimously chooses new Superintendent

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Rey Madrigal, a 31-year employee and proud product of Harlandale ISD, is the district’s newest Superintendent. In front of a crowd of about 100 people Wednesday night, the Board of Trustees voted 6-0 to name Madrigal to the top seat.

“You represent a story of hope, a story of being successful,” board member Joshua Cerna told Madrigal.

All board members took turns praising the former Harlandale High School principal and McCollum High School head football coach. They also thanked him.

“Thank you for taking on the challenge of being the Superintendent. I look forward to your leadership,” said David Abundis, School Board President.

Madrigal had been serving as Harlandale’s Interim Superintendent since June 2012 when Robert Jaklich left to take over as Superintendent of Victoria ISD. Madrigal first started working at HISD months after he graduated from Harlandale HS. He started as a teacher’s aide and went on to serve as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, interim superintendent and now as the Superintendent of Schools. Madrigal’s contract runs through June 2015 with an annual salary of $165,000.

Humbled and a little bit emotional, Madrigal stepped up to the microphone to thank all his supporters, including his wife, two daughters, mother, brothers and other family members who were all in the audience. He also praised the Board of Trustees for its support and faith in him.

“I can’t thank you all enough. I wouldn’t be here without you. I look forward to moving this district forward,” Madrigal exclaimed.

First though, it was time for a little celebration. Right outside the administrative building, Madrigal, family, staff as well as business and community partners gathered for a Mardi Gras style reception complete with crawfish and catfish.

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