San Benito places principal on paid leave

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A view of San Benito High School Tuesday afternoon on March 15, 2022, in San Benito. (Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald)

SAN BENITO — About three months after their appointment, school district officials are declining to disclose details behind San Benito High School Principal Marcus Ysasi’s suspension.

On May 16, officials announced they’ve placed Ysasi on paid administrative leave, district spokeswoman Isabel Gonzalez stated in a press release.

“The district does not comment on personnel matters, therefore, no further comment will be made regarding Mr. Ysasi’s employment status,” she stated. “As a matter of public interest, it is important to note that any/all personnel matters are guided by applicable district policies and procedures. The district also ensures not only privacy for all employees but also a confidential, accurate and thorough inquiry of any/all personnel matters.”


In late January, school board members unanimously appointed Ysasi to serve as the high school’s top administrator based on Superintendent Theresa Servellon’s recommendation.

Ysasi, a former Riverside Middle School principal, had previously served as a principal of Chapel Hill High School, with an enrollment of about 330 students.

Second principal suspended

Ysasi’s suspension marks the second time officials suspended the high school’s principal in about six months.

In December, Servellon suspended Principal Gilbert Galvan, who resigned about a month later following a 45-year career as an educator.

Last June, Servellon assigned Galvan, who had served as Veterans Memorial Academy’s principal since 2013, to the high school’s principal post, replacing Rudy Ramirez, who had served in that position since 2020.

Officials did not disclose the reason behind Galvan’s widely speculated suspension.