San Benito Consolidated Independent School District, Texas

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San Benito Consolidated Independent School District
San Benito, Texas
San Benito CISD logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Ismael S. Cantú (Interim)
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]


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.[4]

Superintendent Antonio G. Limón has been on suspension since mid-2013 pending an investigation into mismanagement.[5]

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.[6]

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. [7]

—San Benito Consolidated Independent School District's website, (2011), [8]


The table below displays the budget for San Benito Consolidated Independent School District:[1][9][10]

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.[11]

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.[12]

District schools

San Benito Consolidated Independent School District operates 17 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

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:[14]

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.[5] 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.[15]

Contact information

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

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