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Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Thank you for your work to help Crossroads students

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Jan. 27, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Updated Jan. 26, 2014 at 7:27 p.m.


Education is one of the most important services offered in our society. In this, people offer the tools and knowledge the next generation will need to grow and become successful in today's world.

The people who dedicate their time and effort to providing a quality education are what makes this service successful. Victoria is fortunate to have a strong group of leaders in our education system. Throughout the last several decades, community leaders have stepped up to offer their knowledge and skills as they promote and improve education in our area.

One of these leaders, Julius D. Cano, who comes from a family tradition of supporting education, is retiring from his post as executive director of the Region III Education Service Center on Friday. Cano has worked for the education center since 1976 and was promoted to the executive director position in 1987. Before working at the center, he worked for the Bloomington school district, where he taught Texas history, physical education, American history and coached at the junior high level.

Under Cano's leadership, the center has made some major strides for education in the Crossroads. In 2005, the center became the first education entity in the state to earn the International Organization for Standardization certification by working to streamline business and education. Cano also worked to make sure enough bandwidth was available for Cuero ISD to offer iPads as part of the district's Power Up project.

We are sad to see a strong leader like Cano step down. He has served education in the Crossroads well and faithfully for many years. His work has helped ensure that children all over the Region III area have access to the best resources available. We are grateful for all the time and effort he and his family have invested into helping the next generation grow and prepare to take the lead one day. We hope he enjoys a long retirement with plenty of time to devote to the things he loves.

Thank you for your years of service to education in the Crossroads, Julius Cano. Your work will affect the lives of students for years to come.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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