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RRISD Superintendent announces plans to retire

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The superintendent of Round Rock ISD has announced he will retire at the end of 2013, nearly two years before his contract was scheduled to be up.

Dr. Jesus Chavez would not say exactly why he's chosen to retire at the end of this year, except to say that he wants to spend more time with his wife and his grown kids.

Chavez has been the Superintendent in Round Rock since 2006 and had a contract with the district through the summer of 2015.

Just over a year ago, board members met behind closed doors for hours to discuss his evaluation and contract, which was unusual.

FOX 7 was told by parents at the time that at least one board member was unhappy with Chavez's performance, but then the decision was later made to extend his contract.

Wednesday, the president of the board of trustees said that she will be very sorry to see Chavez go and he has been a great leader for the district.

Chavez would not comment on that late night meeting, but said he has had the support of board members and the decision to retire has been a difficult one.

"It's been my decision to retire, as indicated I have 2.5 years left in my contract. The board has been very supportive, some disappointment from them. For me it was an individual decision, working with Martha my wife," Chavez said.

Chavez has been working in education for 35 years.

Board members will meet in the coming weeks to begin the process of selecting a new superintendent.

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