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Sheldon ISD’s Giles retires, Kirchner appointed interim superintendent

sheldon ISD superintendent retires

Sheldon ISD announced recently that Mr. John Kirchner will be serving as the Interim Superintendent for Sheldon ISD during the period of time that the District conducts a search for a new full-time superintendent.

Mr. Kirchner is the current Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services and the school district has full confidence in his ability to guide the District through this transition period.

Outgoing Superintendent Dr. Vickey M. Giles released the following letter:

June 24, 2015

Dear Sheldon ISD family and friends,

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside you in this wonderful district. When I came to Sheldon ISD seventeen years ago, I did not imagine that the path I had put my feet on would lead from the Dean of Instruction position at C. E. King High School, to the role of Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services, and finally to work as Superintendent of Schools in this great district. It is you – the people of this district – who make this a great place for our students! We have laughed together, cried together, worked together, played together, and celebrated our successes together as we have made this district stronger each year.

Now I will begin a new journey. I will be retiring as superintendent of Sheldon ISD on August 31, 2015. I am grateful for the eight years I have been privileged to serve as superintendent of Sheldon ISD. The board of trustees truly has a heart for the children of this district and they have supported our efforts to constantly learn how to better educate our students.

Our goal from the beginning was to provide an education to our students that would give them choices about what they want to do and be after they graduate from King High School. We may be small, but we truly have a BIG vision for our students and our district. Each year, we have added to that vision, even as we have continued to add students to our fast growth district. I have been a proud superintendent as I watched Sheldon ISD grow and change for the better.

I love this district – that has made this decision difficult for me. However, I am also excited about a new learning journey. I have accepted the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at Houston Baptist University beginning in the fall. I will once again be a “teacher” and that idea excites me. I will be able to use my knowledge and experiences to work with a new generation of leaders for our schools.

Thank you for allowing me to be your superintendent, your colleague, and your friend.

Reading, leading, learning,
Dr. Vickey M. Giles,
Superintendent of Schools