Skinner meet-and-greet

Michael Skinner addresses teachers and members of the community during a meet-and-greet Thursday night at the Chireno Community Center.

New Chireno Superintendent Michael Skinner made his mission clear during his first public gathering: Make Chireno the best 1A school in Texas.

“Chireno has had a longstanding history of being a really good district, and so I’m wanting to come in and see what they’re doing and what they’re doing well and look at some areas we may improve upon,” Skinner said.

Skinner, sporting a purple tie, met with teachers and members of the community Thursday night at the Chireno community center.

He told teachers that he plans to meet with each of them in the near future and listen to what they think of the district.

Skinner comes to Chireno following a unanimous 7-0 vote by the school board.

“The city is extremely proud to have Mr. Skinner joining us, not only at the school, but also with our community,” said Chireno Mayor and longtime CISD employee Susan Higginbotham. “We look forward to working the school and the city together like we have in the past and the great things that will come.”

Skinner is coming to Chireno after serving as secondary principal at Bartlett ISD. Before that role, he worked as an assistant principal at Giddings ISD. He also previously served as a teacher and a coach at A&M Consolidated, Houston Westside, Kingwood and Longview.

Skinner said he is no stranger to Chireno, as one of the past superintendents at Giddings ISD worked in the same role in Chireno.

Skinner is a graduate of Hallsville ISD, and has a bachelor’s of science degree in kinesiology from the University of Arkansas, and a master’s in education administration from Prairie View A&M.

“(Chireno) has a great family atmosphere, and a tight-knit group. Everyone here is wanting the same thing—a great school district that they can feel like their kids can go learn and be safe,” Skinner said.

Skinner will officially assume his role at CISD on Jan. 1.

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