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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – The head of the Arlington Independent School District has been named Superintendent of the Year by the the Texas Association of School Boards.

Dr. Marcelo Cavazos walked away with the 2016 award for his district, that serves about 63,000 students.

The award is given to individuals who have dogged advocacy for public education and programs that positively affect student growth. Cavazos has been with the Arlington district since 1999 and superintendent there for four years.

“Congratulations to Dr. Cavazos! The entire Arlington ISD community is the lucky beneficiary of his genuine commitment and exceptional leadership,” said Board President Jamie Sullins.

The selection committee recognized Cavazos for a number of reasons, including his outreach and agreements with local universities to secure automatic admission for the top 20 percent of district juniors and emphasis on training to strengthen the leadership skills of aspiring principals and assistant principals.

The Association of School Boards selected five finalists from within the state. DeSoto Superintendent David Harris was among those finalists, along with superintendents in Temple, Galena Park and Schertz.

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