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20130201 Dr-Alda-T-BenavidesLA JOYA – After a lengthy executive session during a school board meeting last week, La Joya Independent School District board members announced they would extend the school superintendent’s contract for two more years.

Dr. Alda T. Benavides’ contract was set to expire in June of 2014. With the extension granted last week she will now have a contract through June 2016. The board also approved a 14 percent raise for the superintendent, bringing her yearly salary to $225,000.

Board President J.J. Peña said he was happy that the board was able to give Benavides an exceptional evaluation.

“We appreciate everything you have done for our community, our staff, and most of all our students,” said Peña. “You have our backing 100 percent. You have our full faith and backing behind you.”

Joel Garcia, board secretary, said after being back on the board, he has seen an improvement and a better environment.

Espie Ochoa, board vice president, said Benavides has always been a great role model to her and the students of the district.

Oscar Salinas agreed with Ochoa adding that Benavides shows other students on a daily basis that if you graduate from La Joya ISD, and educate yourself, you can come back and give back to your community as a teacher, a counselor, an administrator, and now as a superintendent.

The school district’s legal counsel, Jerry Muñoz, also had his contract extended for two more years. His contract will now be through October 2016. He will be paid $185 per hour.

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