Waxahachie ISD has named Adan Casas the new principal of Finley Junior High School.

Casas brings 22 years of experience as a teacher and administrator to WISD, and the decision to hire him came Monday during the regular WISD school board meeting. Casas will fill the spot of Ruth Sutton, who retired from the district this year as principal after more than 40 years of experience.

In April, the board voted to hire Wade Bishop for the position. Yet, after Ennis Independent School District offered a position that would allow him to stay in his hometown with his family, he decided to stay in Ennis.

“He decided to accept a position as a principal in his hometown, and we wish him nothing but the best,” said Jenny Bridges, a WISD spokesperson.

Bishop was the assistant principal at Ennis High School. Before becoming an administrator, he taught high school English and health, and junior high speech and health. He has also held football and basketball coaching positions.

Casas was most recently the principal of Drane Intermediate School in Corsicana, and prior to that, Casas served as an assistant principal in Ennis ISD.

In addition to his teaching and administrative experience, Casas enjoyed a successful coaching career in Mineola ISD, Lake Highlands ISD, Mesquite ISD and Grand Saline ISD.

Casas holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Christian University, where he also played football. He also earned a Master of Education degree from Texas A&M Commerce. Casas and his family currently reside in Ennis, and he is currently on vacation with them.