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La Joya offers superintendent key to the city

La Joya ISD Superintendent Alda T. Benavides, recently named Regional Superintendent of the Year, was honored Tuesday with a key to the city of La Joya at a special meeting.

Mayor Fito Salinas emphasized he was on the La Joya Independent School District Board of Trustees when Benavides was hired.

20150814 LJISD Super key to the city 4567“Not only is she student oriented, but she’s also teacher oriented – worker oriented,” Salinas said, describing how Benavides has worked to increase salaries at the district.

“She’s the best superintendent that we’ve had,” he later added.

For her part, Benavides said her success is due to a team of people working together. La Joya ISD’s slogan is “Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities,” and Benavides said that’s what the district aims to do.

One of the projects the district is most excited about, she said, is creating a health science academy to train the area’s future nurses and doctors, any student who wants to go into the medical field. The district will start with 100 students and is still recruiting.

Over Benavides’ tenure as head of the district, it has expanded from one high school to three. The college and career center has helped more than 1,100 dropouts obtain a high school degree. The district also expanded to include academies with smaller teacher-student ratios for students falling behind in the traditional high schools and created three early college high schools for students who will be the first-generation to go to college.

“I feel that I’ve been a role model, especially for young girls to prove that anything is possible, especially when you put your mind to it,” Benavides said.

Benavides is a product of La Joya ISD and is the daughter of the late Pablo Treviño and Brigida Treviño. She has two children, Lucas and Mathew Benavides.å

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