Waxahachie ISD announced Wednesday morning that Adan Casas, current principal of Finley Junior High, will become the principal of Waxahachie High School for the 2018-19 school year.

Casas has 25 years of educational experience as a teacher and administrator in Waxahachie, Corsicana, Ennis, Mineola, Lake Highlands, Mesquite, and Grand Saline ISDs.

“In his three years with Waxahachie ISD, Mr. Casas has proven that he is capable of revolutionizing the culture of a campus and inspiring his staff to reach new heights of greatness,” Waxahachie ISD superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn stated in a district-issued release. “We are excited to see how Mr. Casas will rise to the challenge of opening our beautiful new high school and integrating two student bodies and campus staffs.”

Casas holds a bachelor of science degree from Texas Christian University and a master of education degree from Texas A&M Commerce.

He replaces Al Benskin, who has taken a role as the Waxahachie ISD director of alternative education services.

Glenn stated the student at Waxahachie High School of Choice and Challenge Academy will benefit from Benskin's leadership and military background.

“[Those students] are our most at-risk population, and we believe that Dr. Benskin’s leadership will enable those students to finish their high school careers and go on to do great things,” Glenn added. “Dr. Benskin has a proven track record of success, and we look forward to seeing what he will accomplish. He will work with district and campus leadership to expand behavioral supports in the 2018-2019 school year.”

Benskin began his career in education as an ROTC teacher, after which he became an assistant principal in Desoto ISD. He became an assistant principal at Waxahachie High School in 2010 and was named the campus principal in 2014.

Prior to his career in education, Benskin served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps. He holds a bachelor's degree from Chaminade University of Honolulu, a master of education degree from Central Michigan University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Texas Wesleyan University.

The release notes Waxahachie ISD will begin interviewing for the position of Finley Junior High principal as soon as possible to ensure a seamless transition into the 2018-2019 school year.

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