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February 21, 2013

Edinburg Chamber hosts Public Affairs Luncheon featuring E.C.I.S.D. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rene Gutierrez

Edinburg – On Wednesday March 6th, 2013 from 11:30 am-1:00 pm, the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce (ECOC) Public Affairs Committee, headed by Elva Jackson Garza (Edinburg Chamber of Commerce Vice Chair – Edwards Abstract and Title Co.), Jacob De Leon (ECOC Director- Memorial Funeral Home) and Letty Gonzalez (ECOC- President) present a Public Affairs Luncheon featuring E.C.I.S.D. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rene Gutierrez.

Dr. René Gutiérrez has served as Superintendent of Schools for the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District since June 2009.

Dr. Gutiérrez attended schools in Mexico at an early age then immigrated to McAllen, Texas where he graduated from McAllen High School. He has an Associate Degree in Applied Science from Texas Southmost College at Brownsville; a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) from Pan American at Brownsville; and a Master of Education Degree from the University of Texas-Pan American. He received a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas-Pan American. His doctoral dissertation is entitled: Factors Contributing to the Academic Achievement of Mexican-Origin Immigrant High School Students.

Under Dr. Gutiérrez’s leadership, Edinburg CISD became a Texas Education Agency “Recognized School District.” As superintendent, Dr. Gutiérrez is responsible for 43 schools. One of those schools, the Vision Academy of Excellence, was started by Dr. Gutiérrez and has been successful in recovering and graduating 350 dropouts in 2½ years. Dr. Gutiérrez has built on the district’s “Legacy of Excellence” by providing a positive learning environment in every school that promotes high academic achievement and college readiness opportunities for all students. This August under Dr. Gutiérrez’s leadership, the district was awarded two Early College High School programs by the Texas Education Agency to serve first-generation Hispanic high school students who might not otherwise go to college. This summer, he also set up “Innovate@ecisd.us” – an Educator Technology Conference designed to provide 1,000 of the district’s teachers with innovative teaching and learning through technology with strategies and resources.

Dr. Gutiérrez oversaw a $112 million construction Bond initiative that built four elementary schools, two middle schools, a new high school, and three high school Performing Arts Centers on time and under budget. Dr. Gutiérrez was named the South Texas Region One Superintendent of the Year for 2012 and was also recognized as one of the top five superintendents in Texas for 2012. He is a recipient of the Educational Leadership Award from the University Council for Educational Administration and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Equity Center of Texas.

The Public Affairs Luncheons are an initiative introduced in 2006, and since then have featured popular topics with speakers that cover important legislative and community issues. Cost to attend the luncheon is $12 per person or $125 for a table of 8, and includes a hot lunch, beverage and dessert. The luncheon will take place at The Echo Hotel and Conference Center located on 1903 South Closner in Edinburg.

The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Rosie’s Flower Shop and Memorial Funeral Home for their generous sponsorship. For more information on this event or to make a reservation please call the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce at 956-383-4974.

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