San Benito Consolidated Independent School District, Texas
|San Benito Consolidated Independent School District|
|San Benito, Texas|
|Superintendent:||Ismael S. Cantú (Interim)|
|Number of schools:||17|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Yliana González|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in San Benito CISD
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtCameron County, Texas. The county seat of Cameron County is Brownsville. The county's population was 406,220 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
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.
|Racial Demographics, 2012|
|Race||Cameron County (%)||Texas (%)|
|Black or African American||0.8||12.3|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.6||1.0|
|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.
The interim superintendent of San Benito Consolidated Independent School District is Ismael S. Cantú, who was appointed to the position in December 2013. He has a Bachelor's degree from Pan American University, a Master's degree from Texas A&I University and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. During his education career, he has worked as a teacher, assistant principal, assistant superintendent, area director and superintendent of Santa Maria Independent School District. He has also worked at several universities as a professor and administrator.
Superintendent Antonio G. Limón has been on suspension since mid-2013 pending an investigation into mismanagement.
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.
|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
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; newcomers Arnold Padilla and Angel Mendez were elected to Places 4 and 7, while incumbents Hector Leal and Oscar Medrano were re-elected to Places 5 and 6, respectively. Three seats will be on the ballot in May 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. 
—San Benito Consolidated Independent School District's website, (2011), 
San Benito Consolidated Independent School District published its annual budget on their district website.
|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|
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.
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.
San Benito Consolidated Independent School District operates 17 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Schools|
|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|
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:
|Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013|
|Category||Points earned||Maximum points||Index score||Target score|
|Closing Performance Gaps||717||1,000||72||50|
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. 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.
- School board elections portal
- San Benito Consolidated Independent School District elections (2014)
- Texas school districts
- List of school districts in Texas
- San Benito Consolidated Independent School District, "San Benito Consolidated Independent School District FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 3, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Cameron County," accessed February 5, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- San Benito CISD, "Meet the Interim Superintendent," accessed February 28, 2014
- Michael Rodriguez, San Benito News, "BREAKING: Meeting called to suspend SBCISD superintendent," May 20, 2013
- San Benito CISD, "Board Members," accessed February 28, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- San Benito Consolidated Independent School District, "Public Participation," May 1, 2011
- San Benito CISD, "Salary Schedule," accessed February 28, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed February 18, 2014
- San Benito CISD, "Home," accessed February 28, 2014
- San Benito Consolidated Independent School District, "Accountability Summary 2013," accessed June 24, 2014
- Michael Rodriguez, San Benito News, "Over $6K spent on Limón probe thus far," December 13, 2013