After a more than year long search which involved rejection by several candidates and one disastrous choice who had to withdrawal, the San Antonio School District has decided to stick with interim Superintendent Sylvester Perez, naming him the sole finalist for the post on a permanent basis, 1200 WOAI news reports.


  Perez, who is a former superintendent in Mathis, Clint, San Marcos and Midland school districts, and he has also been a adjunct professor with the University of Texas at Austin's Cooperative Superintendent Program, and has served as adjunct professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.


  "The Board has been very pleased with Dr. Perez' performance as interim superintendent and we believe he is the right person to continue leading this District forward and to help us progress to the next level," Board President Ed Garza said.


  The Superintendent search was a rocky one, to say the least.  One candidate, from Laredo, flatly refused the job, and another candidate, from Arizona, was named as the sole finalists, only to withdraw after details came out about his personal debts and professional problems.


  "After more than a year of getting to know the larger SAISD community, including members within our District family and those outside, I can sincerely say it is a great honor to be selected as a finalist for the permanent superintendent," Perez said.


  That means Perez, who had planned to retire this summer, will have to delay that retirement indefinitely.