Dr. Esperanza Zendejas
1900 E. Price Rd., #307
Brownsville, TX 78521
(956) 698-0014

Superintendent's Employment Contract

Dr. Esperanza Zendejas officially began her second term as the Superintendent of the Rio Grande Valley’s largest school district, Brownsville ISD, on June 25, 2015 with unanimous approval from the Board of Trustees. Prior to her permanent appointment, she had served as the BISD Interim Superintendent for five months beginning on February 16, 2015.

Since arriving back in Brownsville, Dr. Zendejas has initiated open enrollment at all 38 BISD elementary schools and implemented an Extended Day Enrichment Program at several of those schools. She installed cost-saving measures, including the reduction of expenditures and positions through attrition, that enabled the School Board to award 3% raises for the 2015-16 school year to all teachers and classified employees. Dr. Zendejas was instrumental in passing a Tax Ratification Election with 84% voter approval which generates $5 to $6 million net per year for one time expenditures to improve, repair, and expand district facilities without increasing the current tax rate.

Most importantly, Zendejas has taken significant steps to improve the district's image by making herself readily available and visible in the community. She has worked vigorously to establish and formalize partnerships with local, state and national organizations and businesses to support students. She has actively realigned employee responsibilities to improve campus services and district operations.

Previously, Esperanza Zendejas served as the Brownsville ISD Superintendent of Schools from 1992-1995. She left to assume leadership of the Indianapolis Public Schools in Indiana. She has over 35 years of experience at all levels of education having held positions as a teacher, counselor, principal, central office administrator, and superintendent in districts across the United States.

Dr. Zendejas holds a doctorate from Stanford University in Administration and Policy Analysis and a Master's degree from the University of San Diego. She is the author of several books. She and her husband of 20 years, also an experienced educator, have three children, two daughters and a son, and six grandchildren. One daughter is a BISD elementary teacher and four of her grandchildren currently attend Brownsville ISD schools.


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