Saavedra approved as HISD superintendent

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It’s a done deal. Abe Saavedra is officially HISD’s new superintendent and, and boy does he have the contract to prove it:

Abelardo “Abe” Saavedra was named Houston’s first Hispanic superintendent Thursday when HISD trustees approved his contract totalling $384,200 a year in salary and benefits.

Saavedra, who has served as interim superintendent since Kaye Stripling retired in August, will earn $270,000 a year in base pay and receive up to a $60,000 bonus if student performance improves.


Saavedra, in his contract, will earn slightly less in base pay than Stripling, whose annual salary was $271,000. But if the district’s academic performance improves, his potential bonus is more than double the $25,000 that Stripling was eligible to receive. Also, Saavedra will receive health insurance, a $1,200-a-month car allowance and $400 monthly to pay for a cell phone and/or a personal digital assistant.

For the sake of HISD’s students, let’s hope Saavedra is worth every penny of that almost $400,000 per year, because the HISD board members sure put all their eggs in one basket.

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