Texico hires new superintendent

Miles Mitchell didn't last long as an assistant principal at Texico schools.

Hired during the summer to be an assistant principal and athletic director, Mitchell applied for and was named as the new superintendent at Texico.

He replaces R.L. Richards, who left the post for an assistant superintendent position in Muleshoe.

Mitchell, a 1989 graduate of Melrose High School, had served as principal at Grady for two years, and taught 12 years as an agriculture teacher — 10 at Melrose and two at Silver City.

"I was going to move (jobs) anyway, so I took the chance to see if they would consider me for this position," said Mitchell, who will receive a $115,000 salary. "Any time you can be a part of an attractive organization, you want to try to move forward."

Mitchell was hired Wednesday night in a unanimous decision by the Texico School Board, President Cary Crist said.

Crist said the board was happy with the direction Richards had taken the school system over his 22 years, and they felt Mitchell's experience gave him a clear understanding of the needs of smaller, rural schools.

"We were looking for someone that could come in and be consistent with the policies and practices we already had in place," Crist said. "You can tell he's a good man, and he's going to do good things. His heart's in the right place."

Mitchell will begin his tenure as superintendent Monday, where one of the tasks he'll handle will include replacing himself. He said he's going to do what he can to either promote from within, or assign those duties within the current staff.

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