ODESSA - After serving 33 years with the Ector County Independent School District and six as Superintendent, Hector Mendez announced that he was retiring.
Mendez made the announcement during a school board meeting on Tuesday afternoon.
"It has come time for me, soon to be 63, to look at my future and family, and other activities I'm involved in. I'm officially going to retire on June 30. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to serve this district for 33 years. I still run into former students and parents and that is one of the many joys of this job."
According to an ECISD Press Release, Mendez began teaching in San Angelo Independent School District. His one year there was followed by four in Midland ISD before being hired by ECISD in August of 1980. He served the students of Ector County as a teacher, principal, executive director, and assistant superintendent. In July 2007 Trustees named him the temporary interim superintendent, removed the temporary shortly thereafter, and ultimately hired him as the full-time superintendent in May 2008. He was given a three-year contract at that time. After two years that original contract was extended by two years through June 2013.