The announcement came at 10 am Wednesday morning to many who didn’t expect it. HISD Superintendent Dr. Abe Saavedra announced that he’s stepping down in 2010. The reason Saavedra gives is simply that he’s retiring. The board has been notified and a national search for a replacement will likely get underway real soon. Saavedra, who’s been an educator for 36 years, has been with HISD in the capacity of Superintendent since 2004!