Austin ISD trustees evaluate Superintendent Paul Cruz


The Austin school board tonight will vote on the annual evaluation of Superintendent Paul Cruz.

As is the custom each year, school board President Kendall Pace will read a statement that summarizes Cruz’s performance in the past year.

The evaluation, which comes on the first day of early voting on the district’s $1.1 billion bond package, is likely to be positive. Cruz has met most of the targets set by trustees last year, and trustees are expected to to give Cruz another contract extension and raise. He currently earns a base salary of $306,363 with a contract that rus through Dec. 31, 2019.

Last year, the board was divided over giving Cruz a 4 percent raise and contract extension. But with the bond election two weeks away, trustees this year are expected to be unanimous in their approval for the district leader.

Cruz, the district’s first Latino superintendent, was tapped for the job in January 2015, after trustees short-circuited a national search at the last minute to name Cruz among the finalists for the job. He was widely praised nine months later in his first evaluation.



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