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San Benito Consolidated Independent School District
San Benito, Texas
San Benito CISD logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Marc Puig
Enrollment:11,358 students
Number of schools:17
Budget: $104.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Yliana González
Board members:7
Term length:3
San Benito Consolidated Independent School District is a school district in Texas that serves Cameron County. It is the 92nd-largest school district in Texas, serving 11,358 students in 17 schools with an operating budget of $104.6 million.[1]

About the district

San Benito Consolidated Independent School District is located in Cameron County, Texas
San Benito Consolidated Independent School District is located in Cameron County, Texas. The county seat of Cameron County is Brownsville. The county's population was 406,220 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


Cameron County underperforms in comparison to the rest of Texas in terms of higher education attainment, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 14.9% of Cameron County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 26.3% rate for the state of Texas. Cameron County had a median income of $32,558 in 2010 compared to $51,563 for Texas. The poverty rate for Cameron County was 34.9% in 2010 compared to a 17.4% rate for the rest of the state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Cameron County (%) Texas (%)
White 97.3 80.6
Black or African American 0.8 12.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.0
Asian 0.8 4.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 0.4 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 88.4 38.2

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[3] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


On January 1, 2015, Dr. Marc Puig became the superintendent for the San Benito district. Puig was the superintendent of Culberson County-Allamoore Independent School District from May 2012 until assuming his post at San Benito. He earned approximately $101,000 annually in that position. The CCAISD was rated as "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency in 2013. He earned the Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award form the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor for his research in public school governance and student achievement. He was also the Region 18 Superintendent of the Year and a mentor superintendent for the Texas Association of School Administrators Learning for Leadership Program. Puig worked as a principal in the Dallas Independent School District prior to becoming superintendent at CCAISD.[4]

The school board voted unanimously to approve his appointment on November 6, 2014. The appointment came after the investigation, suspension, eventual reinstatement and reassignment of former superintendent Antonio G. Limón.[5]

Past superintendents

School board

The San Benito CISD Board of Trustees consists of seven members who are elected at-large to three-year terms. While candidates run for specific positions on the ballot, they represent the entire district.[12]

San Benito CISD Board of Trustees
Member Position Place # Term Ends
Yliana González President Place 3 2015
Angel Mendez Vice President Place 7 2017
Arnold Padilla Trustee Place 4 2017
Anna Cruz Trustee Place 2 2015
Fatima Huerta Trustee Place 1 2015
Hector Leal Trustee Place 5 2017
Oscar Medrano Trustee Place 6 2017

School board elections

See also: San Benito Consolidated Independent School District elections (2015)

Members of the San Benito CISD Board of Trustees are elected at-large to three-year terms. Four seats were on the ballot on May 10, 2014, and three seats are up for election on May 9, 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Trustees maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2011:

As long as the requirements of the Open Meetings Act are satisfied and the right of citizens to apply to the Board for redress of their grievances is not abridged, the Board need not provide a public forum for every citizen wishing to express an opinion on a matter. Reasonable restraints on the number, length, and frequency of presentations are permissible. The Board may limit the number of persons it will hear on a particular subject and the frequency with which they may appear, so long as the regulation does not abridge constitutionally guaranteed rights of freedom of speech and to petition nor unfairly discriminate among views seeking expression. [13]

—San Benito Consolidated Independent School District's website, (2011) [14]


The table below displays the budget for San Benito Consolidated Independent School District:[1][15][16]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2010-2011 $83,128,610 69% $11,870,204 9.9% $15,070,598 12.5% $5,057,887 4.2% $5,276,399 4.4% $120,403,698
2011-2012 $78,748,024 69.1% $11,876,111 10.4% $13,663,044 12% $4,667,868 4.1% $5,062,980 4.4% $114,018,027
2012-2013 $56,260,625 56.6% $15,062,058 15.2% $16,955,111 17.1% $8,794,255 8.9% $2,273,770 2.3% $99,345,819
2013-2014 $59,711,343 57.1% $15,814,977 15.1% $17,556,462 16.8% $8,788,339 8.4% $2,698,746 2.6% $104,569,867
Averages: $69,462,150.5 63% $13,655,837.5 12% $15,811,303.75 14% $6,827,087.25 6% $3,827,973.75 3% $109,584,352.75

Teacher salaries

The minimum salary for a teacher in the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District in the 2012-2013 academic year was $39,000; the midpoint was $50,828; and the maximum was $61,888. Teachers could earn $1,000 more with a Master's degree and $2,000 with a Master's degree teaching in that field.[17]

Schools in San Benito CISD


San Benito Consolidated Independent School District serves 11,358 students. San Benito Consolidated Independent School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[18]

District schools

San Benito Consolidated Independent School District operates 17 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[19]

San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Schools
School Name
Angela G. Leal Elementary School
Berta Cabaza Middle School
Dr. C.M. Cash Elementary School
Dr. Raul Garza, Jr. Elementary School
Ed Downs Elementary School
Frank Roberts Elementary School
Fred Booth Elementary School
Judge Oscar De La Fuente Elementary School
La Encantada Elementary School
La Paloma Elementary School
Landrum Elementary School
Miller Jordan Middle School
Rangerville Elementary School
San Benito High School
San Benito Riverside Middle School
San Benito Veterans Memorial Academy
Sullivan Elementary School

Academic performance

The Texas Education Agency issues an annual accountability report for each school district in the state. This rating determines if district schools fulfill expectations in four categories of educational achievement during a particular school year. The following terms explain these categories:

  • Student Achievement: Measures student performance on the annual Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test.
  • Student Progress: Measures student performance in reading, math and writing courses at the district level.
  • Closing Performance Gaps: Measures year-to-year performance among students in the lowest-performing demographics.
  • Postsecondary Readiness: Measures student readiness for college, employment or military service after graduation.

San Benito Consolidated Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 90 percent of indicators set forth by state education officials and all four assessment categories. The following table details the district's accountability report during the 2012-2013 school year:[20]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 16,013 22,744 70 50
Student Progress 634 2,000 32 21
Closing Performance Gaps 717 1,000 72 50
Postsecondary Readiness 512.3 600 85 75


Superintendent suspension

After evaluating the superintendent on a monthly basis since December 2012, Board President Yliana González called for superintendent Antonio G. Limón to be placed on suspension in May 2013.[21] As of December 2013, over $6,000 had been spent in an investigation of the superintendent regarding mismanagement. Ismael S. Cantú is serving as interim superintendent pending the investigation.[22]

Contact information

San Benito CISD logo.png
San Benito School Board
240 N. Crockett Street
San Benito, TX 78586
Phone: (956) 361-6100

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Texas Education Agency, "Select District for Financial (Budget 2014) Report," accessed December 11, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Cameron County," accessed February 5, 2014
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  4. The Brownsville Herald, "Puig prepares to take helm at SBCISD," November 7, 2014
  5., "San Benito CISD names Marc Puig as superintendent," November 6, 2014
  6. San Benito News, "Officers allege illegal conduct in SBCISD lawsuit," July 18, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Valley Morning Star, "Board members want list of allegations against Limon," August 20, 2013
  8. Michael Rodriguez, San Benito News, "Over $6K spent on Limón probe thus far," December 13, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1, "San Benito school board reinstates Limon, investigation is now closed," May 26, 2015
  10. San Benito CISD, "Meet the Interim Superintendent," accessed February 28, 2014 (dead link)
  11. San Benito News, "Limón to retire after nearly three decades," January 9, 2015
  12. San Benito CISD, "Board Members," accessed February 28, 2014
  13. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  14. San Benito Consolidated Independent School District, "Public Participation," May 1, 2011
  15. Texas Education Agency, "Select District for Financial (Budget 2013) Report," accessed December 11, 2014
  16. San Benito Consolidated Independent School District, "San Benito Consolidated Independent School District FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 3, 2013
  17. San Benito CISD, "Salary Schedule," accessed February 28, 2014
  18. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed February 18, 2014
  19. San Benito CISD, "Home," accessed February 28, 2014
  20. San Benito Consolidated Independent School District, "Accountability Summary 2013," accessed June 24, 2014
  21. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named super
  22. Michael Rodriguez, San Benito News, "Over $6K spent on Limón probe thus far," December 13, 2013