Webb CISD begins search for new superintendent


BRUNI, Texas — With less than 60 days to go before the new school year begins, board members and the Webb Consolidated Independent School District are searching for a new superintendent after accepting the resignation of Beto D. Gonzalez following an incident involving the school district. in litigation.

Gonzalez — now the former Webb Consolidated ISD superintendent — submitted his resignation letter to the school board Monday night following an incident with a district vehicle last December that implicated him and the district school, in a million dollar lawsuit. For this reason, the school district actively promotes that it seeks interested candidates to fill the position.


“The board has voted to accept his resignation and begin the search for a new superintendent,” said Melisa Pena, chair of the Webb CISD board of directors. “The council is excited to begin this search and will seek a candidate who is committed to leading our district and playing an active role in our community.”

“We’re going to launch a superintendent search pretty quickly,” board member Robert Marshall said. “Anyone can apply, and it should be put on the website that we are looking for a superintendent, but we will also have a superintendent search committee and we will probably hire a company or legal team to help us with the search. “

Marshall said he would like to see the new superintendent hired before the start of the next school year, which begins in early August.

“We’ll try to do it in three months if possible, but it’s going to be tough,” Marshall said. “Most superintendent searches if you hurry, it’s three to four months.”

Although a board member said the active search for a new nominee would begin soon, the Webb CISD website still displays the former superintendent’s information on the district’s website and there is no no field where people can apply for the job.

Marshall was the only board member who voted against accepting the superintendent’s resignation at Tuesday’s board meeting. He did so because he said Gonzalez should have been transferred to the district attorney’s office, saying he didn’t want Gonzalez to get an easy way out.

He said it was because the lawsuit continued against the district whether the superintendent remained on board or not. According to Marshall, the school district was notified of the lawsuit about a week before Tuesday’s meeting.

According to court records, the lawsuit against Gonzalez and Webb CISD is being brought by three plaintiffs seeking “more than $1,000,000 subject to any statutory caps.”

The lawsuit says that on Dec. 9, 2021, Gonzalez was driving a District-owned vehicle on FM 681. A car was reportedly stopped to make a left turn in front of him when “Gonzalez failed to control speed” and hit the vehicle. This caused the vehicle to move into the opposite lane of traffic where it struck the plaintiffs’ vehicle, which “caused the plaintiffs serious and disabling injuries,” the lawsuit states.

Gonzalez is charged by the plaintiffs with driver inattention and failing to properly watch, control speed, brake properly, control the vehicle, keep an appropriate distance from the vehicle in front of his own and fail to exercise with a reasonable degree of caution.

“The acts and omissions of Defendant Heriberto D. Gonzalez constitute negligence, negligence per se and/or gross negligence which closely caused the collision and the injuries and other losses as specifically defined in the present, which plaintiffs have all suffered and will continue to suffer in the future, if not for the remainder of their natural lives,” the lawsuit states.

Pena said the school district “generally does not comment on the merits of potential or pending litigation” with respect to pending and anticipated litigation. However, she said the school district’s legal counsel could provide more background information about the case if needed.

As the search for a new superintendent begins for Webb CISD, Marshall says he hopes the new person in charge of the school district will be a future resident of the area, although that is not a necessary qualification to get the job. .

“It would be nice to have someone living here for a change,” Marshall said. “Who can bring their family and be part of our community.”

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