Calexico losing Moreno


Staff Writer

Robert Moreno, superintendent of the Calexico Unified School District, has announced his intention to retire after 31 years as an educator in Calexico.

"It's been wonderful but it's time for a change," Moreno said Tuesday.

Educated in the Calexico school system, "kindergarten through 12th grade," as Moreno will tell you proudly, the superintendent says he has no plans to leave Calexico once his retirement from the school district is finalized.

"I had initially planned on July 31 being my last day but the school board has asked that I stay on until Dec. 31. That will give them time to search for a new supervisor."


Moreno, with a degree from UCLA in business administration and master's degrees in education and sociology from Stanford, says the most satisfying aspect of spending his entire career in his home town has been watching successive generations of students move from school to career.

"The high point of my career has been watching students I've worked with in my capacity as teacher or administrator, taking their place in the community working in stores, in banks or as teachers. To know that one had a hand, albeit a small hand, in that process is wonderful," Moreno said, adding, "that would not have been the case had I been working in a large urban area."

After graduating from UCLA, Moreno came back to Calexico and worked in the district for five years as a teacher and counselor.

Later, with two master's degrees to his credit, he returned to Calexico and went into administration.

Asked to comment on the biggest change in the Calexico school district during his time there, Moreno pointed to the rapid growth of the community.

"There has been major growth in Calexico. When I was at Calexico High School there were 600 kids. Now it's four times that number and there are plans for a second and third high school in the future."

Moreno doesn't hesitate when asked what he views as the major challenge to educators two years into the new millennium.

"It's loss of local control; with more power going to Sacramento and more decisions being made there — and to some degree in Washington, D.C., as well — those at the local level, the local boards, the superintendents, the administrators and the teachers now have to spend so much of their time responding to those demands.

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