2017-03-29 / Front Page

New RISD Supt. must wait 21 days before starting here


RAUL LEONIDAS NUQUES RAUL LEONIDAS NUQUES A new superintendent with the Raymondville school district has been hired by the board of trustees.

Raul Leonidas Nuques was the “lone” finalist the board picked from of a long list of hopefuls.

In his job, the Ecuadorian born Nuques worked as superintendent with the Hearne school district in Johnson County in east Texas.

According to a news report, he was hired in January 2016, he was fired by the board seven months later, or in July.

A school district employee in the business office said Nuques worked there but could not provide any comments, citing district policy.

Jessica Cantu, the Raymondville board’s president, said the board hired Nuques by a 7-0 vote.

In accordance with state laws, there is a 21-day period to finalize the deal, or on April 18.

Asked if she knew Nuques was fired from his previous job, Cantu said the Hearne school district had five superintendents during the same period.

Apparently, the district had internal problems and hired different bosses to try to correct them.

Nuques also worked as superintendent in Zapata County.

Douglas E. Moore, a seasoned superintendent the board of trustees hired on a temporary basis, said he is leaving on April 18, or the same the day the new district boss is to report to work.

Moore he has nothing but good things to say about RISD.

“The district is a good district,” he said. “You have a lot of hard working people.”

Moore was hired on a temporary basis after Johnny I. Pineda retired on Jan. 31 after serving 9 1/2 years as the district’s superintendent.

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