In jest, Sharyland ISD board member Julio Cerda almost motioned to deny Superintendent Dr. Maria Vidaurri’s retirement notice at the Sept. 25 meeting. The other board members laughed and playfully chided the trustee before Cerda took on a more serious tone.
“It is with a heavy heart — me duele bastante,” the trustee said. “It hurts because it’s come to reality today, it didn’t hit until right after [I sat] down…that we have to accept the superintendent’s retirement for her contract effective at the end of [June] 2024.”
Vidaurri announced her retirement in a district letter Sept. 21, ending her contract a year earlier than its expiration. In June 2022, the school board extended her contract to June 30, 2025, but at the last board meeting, the trustees unanimously approved her retirement notice after discussing the item in closed session.
The Sharyland ISD leader explained that, although her decision to retire was not easy, she and her husband felt now was the time to be with family.
The board members took turns expressing their gratitude to the superintendent who has served SISD since April 2018.
“Mimi, we wish you the best of luck and we are so happy for you,” Board President Jose “Pepe” Garcia said.
Trustee Maritza Venecia expanded on a similar sentiment as Cerda.
“We’re sad, but we’re happy,” she said gently.
In a previous Progress Times interview, Vidaurri — a Premont native — revealed that she plans to move near San Antonio to be closer to family. Board member David Keith said finding a replacement will be difficult, but he is excited for Vidaurri and her future.
“Dr. V, thank you. It’s been awesome getting to know you and all the work that you do,” Keith said. “I think I’ve said it — I could never even imagine being a superintendent. And the stuff that you have to handle and how you deal with it, I think you do it with grace and you do it with [care].”
Vidaurri responded, her voice breaking as she directed her words to the board and the Sharyland ISD staff.
“I will say that it doesn’t happen without a good team,” she said. “So my team, who has believed in the vision, and who has worked tirelessly, hour after hour to do what we’ve done in the last five, six years, thank you so much for everything. You all have been amazing.”
Trustee Meagan Sullivan, who recently joined the board in May, said Vidaurri has been a gracious and welcoming superintendent, and she wishes her the best in retirement. But the board member also said she looks forward to the district’s next step — finding a new Sharyland ISD superintendent.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to be involved in having an active role in selecting the next leader for the district, and helping shape the direction that we continue to grow in,” Sullivan said.
Now that the board accepted Vidaurri’s retirement notice, they can begin the search for her replacement.
“So we are in the process now — determining how we’re going to seek applicants and narrow down the pool,” Sullivan explained. “We are not in a rush, but we didn’t want to waste time if we knew this was coming…because Sharyland is a desired district for top superintendents and we want to attract the top talent.”