Los Fresnos News

LFCISD Superintendent headed to Yale

Dr. Gonzalo Salazar. Courtesy photo

By TONY VINDELL
LFN

The superintendent with Los Fresnos school district is going back to school. To Yale University that is.

Dr. Gonzalo Salazar was chosen as one of 20 educators to attend the inaugural cohort of the Fellowship for Public Education Leadership at Yale campus in Connecticut, starting in June 2021.

“I feel honored to represent the district and its students,” he said. “I am excited to have the opportunity to learn more and to use the knowledge at the local level.”

He is one of three educators from Texas to attend the tuition-free program aimed at building networks and develop management and leadership skills for immediate application in their home districts with the goal of advancing equity in educational outcomes for all students.

The 20 inaugural fellows are from 11 states and the District of Columbia; 12 are leaders in traditional public school districts, 2 at state education agencies, and 6 at public charter school networks, with tenures ranging from a year to more than a decade in their current roles. Sixteen of the fellows identify as people of color.

Salazar is the only educator chosen from throughout the Rio Grande Valley. He will join two others from Texas.

The 52 year old Salazar has been superintendent since 2006 of a district that has been recognized statewide for a number of years.

“What a privilege to represent our district”, he said about the selection to go to the Connecticut-based Ivy League university. “We serve a predominately Hispanic student population and we are in one of the fastest growing demographic areas of the state.”

According to a U.S. World & News Report. The district population is 95-plus Hispanic and nearly 80 percent economically disadvantaged.

Another report, by the Texas Tribune, states the district has a graduation rate of 95 percent and a dropout rate of 1 percent.

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