BEN BOLT – Ben Bolt - Palito Blanco Independent School District Board of Trustees named Dr. Mike A. Barrera as the lone finalist for the superintendent position at its July 3 meeting.

Dr. Barrera is an able administrator, former classroom teacher, and tested leader. He is currently the Assistant Superintendent for District Operations at McAllen Independent School District.

He earned his Doctoral of Education Degree with a specialization in Educational Administration from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Dr. Barrera received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Angelo State University in 1983 and a Master of Education Degree from Texas State University in 1989. He received his Mid-Management certificate in 1996 and his Superintendent's Certificate in 2007 from Texas A&M- Kingsville.

Dr. Barrera has taught at Oklahoma State University, Southern Arkansas University, South Texas College and Premont ISD.

By law, the board must wait 21 days before voting on his hiring.