Integrity! Dilkon, AZ / Carlos Hernandez

Dilkon, Arizona – Navajo Reservation – BIA Skool !

The BIA Dicon School Hernandez helped build!
The BIA Dicon School Hernandez helped build!

The best Superintendent I ever tried to work under was without a doubt Carlos Hernandez. Carlos would always joke about being a Mexican – instead of a Mexican’t. He was a “can do” Supe with no fear of spending money on the students! I think really that was his downfall! He thought about the students instead of the board, the corrupt Pentacostal Church, or even the corrupt local politicians. The aforementioned had all been dragging off the tit of the BIA skool for as long as anyone could remember. Let me lay out some demographics before we go any further! Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:

Dilkon, AZ: 65.9% below poverty level
AZ Statewide: 21.5% Read more:

95% of the people in Dilkon, AZ do not work!

45% never graduated from High School

83% Free and Reduced Lunch

I think ya get the picture – POOR! with a capital “P”!

In walks Carlos Hernandez, naive – maybe but his heart was in the right place! He secured a tech grant for the kids $187,000,helped  raise math and reading scores for two years by letting some teachers go and hiring young fresh teachers! He bought laptops for the students and secured 18 million in funding for a new school. But, here is what he did wrong!  He denied the board their “perk” trip to the National Finals Rodeo ie a conference – in favor of laptops for students – he put students first not board members! He denied, denied, denied the board their freebies! They went after Hernandez like a pack of wolves! They ran Hernandez out of town and brought in a man that would pad their pockets with gifts, money, and trips! They fired all the new young teachers and test scores plummeted! Hernandez left Dilkon but had nothing to be ashamed of because Dilkon just went back to the old BIA way! There is no fix for Rez Skools run by uneducated elderly on the the take….

Here is the Carlos I know –

Blue Ribbon Committee

9 thoughts on “Integrity! Dilkon, AZ / Carlos Hernandez

  1. So sad… Why do they chase away people with good hearts and the best intentions??? That happened at my school in Hong Kong, too. It kills me. But people like Carlos inspire me! Love the “Mexican” instead of “Mexican’t”!

    1. Thanks Jess – I remain good friends with Carlos – he is trying to reform an El Paso school and getting run out again! They tried to use his Dilkon record against him and I set it straight!

    2. I recieved this in response to my article on Carlos – in all fairness –

      Mr. Lors:

      All of your material will be included in an article we are composing for the Tornillo-Truth website – without alteration. As a courtesy, allow me to notify you that any inaccuracies your material contains will be challenged. For example, I noted at the bottom of your website that you exchanged comments with someone, and tell them that Mr. Hernandez is, ” trying to reform an El Paso school and getting run out again!” In fact, Mr. Hernandez abandoned his post in Tornillo, after but a few weeks on the job, many years ago. You may wish to correct your response to that lady.

      Mr. Hernandez’ repeated negative posting about Tornillo, against the man who gave him a job opportunity, done while hiding behind an Facebook alias, after Hernandez exhibited such a poor set of actions in his brief time there, is odd indeed. It is the sense of several of us here that you are a man who would not condone such a course of action. Perhaps you might wish to ask Mr. Hernandez to “come clean” with you about not only his time in Tornillo; but, all these years after his departure, his continued alignment with, and support for, the drug-dealers in our community who were behind the departure of our superintendent.

      That said, we do not dispute that you are a sincere person who has positive memories of Mr. Hernandez. We are not like the dishonest newspaper, where this Facebook exchange took place. We gladly tell ALL viewpoints, including yours.

      In that spirit, I sincerely Thank You for your contribution. It will get posted on our website as soon as I gather other materials. Tornillo-Truth relies volunteer help, so we are not “same-day” quick.



      1. Wow this man that gave Mr. Hernandez a job is where now??? And what is this about drug dealers?? really??

  2. Don’t get caught in a web of lies, lies, lies, lies,lies, lies and more lies….No creditability give it up no one cares. I agree with oldironhoss above reproach is who Mr. Hernandez represents.

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