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Dilley ISD board members have announced that Dr. Emilio P. Castro has been named the lone finalist for the superintendent’s position at the district.
Citing an extensive and comprehensive search that included over 30 applicants, trustees named the Ralls, Texas, native as finalist last week.
“Dr. Emilio Castro brings 25 years of experience in education to Dilley ISD,” a press release from the school said. “He has served as a bilingual teacher, assistant principal, elementary, middle and high school principal, as well as assistant superintendent, deputy superintendent and superintendent of schools.
“Dr. Castro has served in both rural and large urban school districts,” the prepared statement noted. “He loves reading and spending time with family and friends.”
“Having grown-up in a small town about one third the size of Dilley, I cannot express how excited I am to have the opportunity to serve in God’s country,” Castro said. “With nearly 200 businesses and organizations registered in Dilley, its greatest resource will always be the people, and I cannot wait to listen, learn, serve and lead in Dilley ISD and the greater community.”
Castro comes to Dilley following a stint at Edgewood ISD in San Antonio in 2018. He resigned from that position in March of that year amid allegations of sexual harassment by a district employee.
According to an article in the San Antonio Express-News, an outside investigation deemed the claim “credible” and the district’s state-appointed board of managers asked for his resignation. He had been hired at the end of 2016, serving less than two years in the position.
“The board was fully aware of all issues having to do with the candidates, whether there were some or not,” Benjamin Castillo, an attorney with O’Hanlon, Demerath, & Castillo, the firm conducting the search. “He (Dr. Castro) had a great resume, as far as the allegations, it was determined they were just that. The board was fully aware and based on the information we provided and the candidate provided, that outweighed some of the allegations made against him.”
Dr. Castro has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from Texas A&M University at Commerce.
The search for a new superintendent was conducted by O’Hanlon, Demerath, & Castillo, in conjunction with Dr. Abelardo Saavedra and Dr. Daniel King.
Trustees said the district has entered a 21-day waiting period required by state law before the new superintendent can occupy his office.