TEA appoints board of managers and new superintendent at La Joya ISD

3 months 2 weeks 2 days ago Thursday, February 01 2024 Feb 1, 2024 February 01, 2024 9:19 AM February 01, 2024 in News - Local

The Texas Education Agency has announced the appointment of a Board of Managers, as well as a new superintendent of La Joya Independent School District.

This comes after the TEA investigated the district following years of allegations of school board members and employees engaging in fraud and breaking conflict of interest law.

According to the TEA, the seven individuals appointed to the Board of Managers are:

- Julian Alvarez III
- Anita Chavez
- Celso Gomez Jr.
- Dr. Rosalva Hernandez
- Dr. Carlos Margo
- Jessica Ochoa
- Alyssa Peña

A new superintendent was also appointed to La Joya ISD.

Dr. Marcey Sorensen will help oversee operations at the district. She was previously the Deputy Superintendent for the Virginia Department of Education, according to the TEA.

Her appointment comes after La Joya ISD had already appointed Beto Gonzalez as superintendent back in September.

The TEA said they received 107 applications for the Board of Managers, and only 63 were within La Joya ISD boundaries. All applicants were Rio Grande Valley residents.

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