Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

New Agua Dulce ISD superintendent Donna Hilliard will receive $70,000 a year in salary compensation, according to salary information provided to the Alice Echo News Journal through a Freedom of Information Request made in April.

The ADISD School board voted unanimously on April 23 to hire Hilliard, after a two-month selection process, which included 20 applicants and subsequently four interviewees before Hilliard was named as the sole finalist.

Current ADISD superintendent Paul Czerwinski will continue with the district through June, to allow a smooth transition between his and Hilliard's administrations, school officials said. Hilliard will take over the district on July 1.

Hilliard's contract is for two years, and with a salary of $70,000, she will be making $24,160 less than Czerwinski, who has 26 years worth of experience as a superintendent.

Hilliard, who does not yet have superintendent certification, was given until the end of the 2007-2008 school year to gain her certification, Board President Michael Carper said following the April 23 meeting.

Hilliard previously taught in the school district for several years, before her tenure as principal of Tuloso Midway Elementary School. During her midmanagement certification, Carper said Hilliard completed 45 hours of course requirements, which included courses that could be applied towards her superintendent certification.