VISD superintendent reflects on working with San Antonio mayor
Sept. 4, 2012 at 4:04 a.m.
Updated Sept. 5, 2012 at 4:05 a.m.
When Robert Jaklich decided to leave his seat as the superintendent for the Harlandale school district, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro showed up at school board meeting asking him to reconsider.
"That was truly an honor," said Jaklich, the Victoria school district's newly appointed superintendent. "The mayor of the seventh largest city in the United States, with 15 different school districts, was asking me to stay."
The Texas mayor delivered a keynote speech Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention.
"What an honor, not only for San Antonio but for the state of Texas, to have him representing us, regardless if you're a Republican or a Democrat," Jaklich said. "It's quite the compliment."
The keynote speech touched on family and economic themes. Castro talked about his mother who got him involved in politics at a young age.
While Jaklich served as the superintendent of the Harlandale school district, he served on several committees with Castro.
One initiative in particular called 'Pre-K SA,' will be voted on in the San Antonio elections in November.
The project's goal is provide pre-kindergarten services to an additional 4,000 students in the San Antonio area.
"I've known him ever since I started working as a superintendent," Jaklich said. "Mayor Castro is a fine leader with a heart of a champion for our children."