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Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 7:27 am

Interim Superintendent H.T. Sanchez of Ector County Independent School District has been named the lone finalist in the search for a superintendent for Tucson Unified School District in Arizona, according to the Tucson Sentinel.

Sanchez, 38, was named ECISD's interim superintendent on March 26 after Hector Mendez announced his retirement. He was currently the chief of staff at ECISD. 

On Monday night the TUSD board named Sanchez as the single candidates for Tucson's largest district in a 3-2 vote, according to the Sentinel. He is scheduled to appear at a public forum Wednesday night at Catalina Magnet High School, according to the Sentinel.

Last July, Sanchez was named a finalist for the superintendent job at Socorro Independent School District in El Paso, but withdrew his name. During that search - as the Sentinel also points out - board members questioned why he never stayed in one job more than two years to which Sanchez said it's because he goes where he's needed.

Sanchez didn't immediately return phone calls Tuesday morning.

He did talk to the Arizona Daily Star Monday night by phone and said he is honored and humbled by the opportunity.

"This is a great community with tremendous potential," Sanchez told the newspaper.

TUSD is nearly twice the size of ECISD, with 50,000 students in 83 schools and 8,500 employees. Its annual budget is $606 million, compared with about $250 million budget at ECISD.

Sanchez will be in Tucson Wednesday to tour the district, interview with the board and TUSD cabinet members, and participate in a public forum from 7 to 9 p.m., according to the Star website. The forum will also be streamed live at tusd1.org.

The Odessa American will cover the forum via the live stream. Check Thursday's edition for a story.

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