Finalists for the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District superintendent position have been announced. School board members met Friday, May 22, and Monday, May 25, in a special-called closed session meeting where interviews with the top eight candidates were conducted.

On Monday, the four finalists were announced, they are: Dr. Ruben Alejandro, assistant superintendent of support services of the Weslaco Independent school district; Dr. Rene Gutierrez, assistant superintendent for administration and finance for the La Joya Independent school district; Dr. Heriberto D. Gonzalez, deputy superintendent of the Brownsville school district; and Dr. Daniel Garcia, district director of Mid-Valley Academy.

The search for a new superintendent began earlier this year when Superintendent Gilberto Garza announced his retirement as the district's chief administrator after only three years.

Jacques Trevino, school district attorney, said by law the school board has to wait 21 days to announce the finalist for the position of superintendent for the school district.

“Between now and then, the finalists will be invited to come to the district,” Trevino said. “The school board may visit each finalist’s previous or current employers and a second round of interviews will be conducted,” he said.

The new superintendent will have two weeks to meet with school officials and will participate in the last school board meeting of the school year before beginning their new role as superintendent in the upcoming school year. Board members hope to select a new superintendent by the June 23 meeting.