BRAWLEY- Five years of tireless work for the Brawley Elementary School District comes to an end this week for Superintendent Ronald Garcia. Garcia will finish his service on Thursday June 30 and retire.
“I wish this board all the success and all the luck,” said Garcia, “I just wish them the best.”
Former BESD board members Janet Sandoval and Yvonne Burns praised all of the hard work Garcia put into the district during his tenure as superintendent, Sandoval going so far as to call him a “workaholic” when it came to making sure great things happened at BESD schools.
“He’s a man who never quite until he got the job done and an administrator who accomplished, on behalf of the board, so many admirable things at Brawley Elementary School District,” said Sandoval.
Under Garcia, many programs been accomplished at BESD during his five year tenure as superintendent. Barbara Worth Junior High now has a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathmatics (STEM) lab, the first in the valley. STEM was also implemented in the ASES extended learning program and inside classrooms. Technology was advanced at BESD schools which allowed classes to be modernized.
The Barbara Worth gym was built due to the drive of Garcia and the PE teachers. Since completion, the gym has been used by both the school and community.
But some individuals are not pleased with the situation. Garcia will be paid a lump sum of $105,000 for his retirement.
“If there is no money, where is this money coming from?” asked second grade teacher Esmeralda Nava to the board, citing the concerns of board member Gloria Santillan at last Friday’s special board meeting, “I tell my kids when you want something, you have to work for it. Nothing is free.”
However board members Armando Padilla and Santillan stated that the money is what Garcia was already entitled to be paid through December 2016. Instead of being paid over the course of six months Garcia will simply be paid all at once for his retirement.
After discussions in closed session the board came out into open session to vote three to two in favor of giving Garcia the lump sum.
The board voted assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, Luis Panduro, as interim superintendent for the month of July while BESD searches for a new superintendent.