Leaders of Tucson's largest school district will finalize the new superintendent on Tuesday. Dr. Gabriel Trujillo has been acting superintendent for months, but Tuesday, he'll sign his contract.
The board is expected to offer him a salary between $180,000 to $230,000, and more stipulations of the contract will be released following the meeting.
After his contract gets approved, Trujillo said he plans to start making changes to combat bullying, poor student retention, and the teacher shortage. Dr. Trujillo said he plans to start with improving the level of service the district provides to parents and students and make staff more accessible to concerned parents.
Student retention is also a big part of Trujillo's plan for improving the district. He said making TUSD schools more like charter schools could help. He'd like to create and improve programs relating to: extended day programs, online learning programs, and credit recovery programs.
Additionally, he said he plans to restructure the budget to pay teachers more to attract more talented educators.
The TUSD board is expected to pass a resolution affirming its support and commitment to all students regardless of their immigration status.
Mexican American Studies Program
The board will also discuss how to reintegrate the controversial Mexican American Studies program back into curriculum at TUSD. The ban on the program was overturned in August.