Roberto Moreno must have some great genetics.
To be in his 50s and look as good as he does, while having been the superintendent of a comprehensive and fast-growing school district for more than a decade, would wear on anyone. Yet Moreno, the longtime head of the Calexico Unified School District, looks remarkably good for a man of his age, particularly one who has been through the rigors he undoubtedly has.
Moreno announced last week that he was retiring from his job at the end of the year after 31 years in the district as a teacher, counselor and administrator. A Calexico native, Moreno has done a fine job of leading the district through a tremendous growth period, as it added elementary schools and is continuing to add more, built a second junior high in the city and is now contemplating building a second high school in Calexico. Building schools is a tough job with countless bureaucratic and monetary obstacles, but he has gotten that job done more than once.