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Gutierrez Leaving Seguin ISD, Moving to Wisconsin in pursuit of new opportunity

Karen Ranft

Superintendent Matthew Gutierrez has accepted the position of leading Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin and will be leaving Seguin ISD after this school year has concluded.

"I came to Seguin ISD after a few tumultuous years," Gutierrez said. "One thing I learned here is that community support can help a Superintendent change a school district. I feel that Seguin ISD is in a much better place than we were three years ago. I hope to take with me the knowledge that if I invest in having relationships with people and building a community together, we can accomplish the goals that are set forth."

Gutierrez came to Seguin ISD in 2017 after the resignation of former Superintendent Stetson Roane amid a sexual harassment lawsuit. Since his arrival, Gutierrez has overseen many changes, one of the most recent being the passage of Bond 2019, which has allowed for upgrades to be made to several facilities, including the remodeling of Matador Stadium.

"I feel good about leaving right now because we have an outstanding school board," Gutierrez said. "This school board will be an award-winning school board, and they are determined to continue on the path that has been set out in Seguin ISD through our strategic plan. This is the second year in this plan, and because of the school board's dedication to the strategic plan, Seguin ISD is going to continue to move in a positive direction."

The district currently has a survey allowing for community members to express what qualities they would like the new superintendent to possess. There will also be a community involvement session open to the public on March 5 from 2 - 7 p.m.

"They have already started the process of picking my replacement," Gutierrez said. "They have already put out a timeline on the website. We are looking at a replacement being named in May, so it is my hope that I have a little bit of time to work with this person, so they have a smooth transition."

Seguin ISD has hired the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) for $8,500 to conduct their search for the Gutierrez's replacement. This is the same firm that initially brought Gutierrez to the district in 2017.

Seguin was the first district that Gutierrez has served as superintendent, and he plans to use the knowledge he has gained during his time here to benefit other school districts.

"There are a lot of challenges there that exist there that existed in Seguin when I came," Gutierrez said. "I feel like I can bring the experience from here to Madison. I'm also looking forward to the new challenge of getting to learn about the education system in another state. It'll give me a very different perspective. I've only spent my career in Texas, so it's certainly going to be a great learning opportunity."

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