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Tommy Chalaire becomes Chisum Independent School District’s new superintendent July 1 when Diane Stegall resigns. He says he’s ready.
“I’m pleased that the board has the confidence in me to place the direction of Chisum ISD in my hands,” he said. “It’s up to me to make sure Chisum ISD continues down the very successful path we are on now. We are here to educate the leaders of tomorrow. That’s what I’m going to be charged with, and that’s what I’m going to see happen. It’s going to be a challenge, and I’m willing to accept the challenge.”
He was named the lone finalist after Stegall announced her intention to resign. The school board did not take outside applications for the position.
“I’m people oriented,” Chalaire said. “I’m a member of the community. I’m active in the community. I know the students. I know the demographics of the school. I’m familiar with the district.”
According to Texas law, after a candidate is named the lone finalist, there is a 21-day waiting period before a contract can be offered. This gives both sides a chance to work out contract negotiations, check each other out and to back out of negotiations if necessary.
Chalaire has worked as Chisum’s assistant superintendent for four years. Prior to that, he served as high school principal for four years and assistant principal for one year. He’s been with CISD a total of 19 years. Before he ventured into administration, he taught eighth grade American history and coached “every sport in the district except cross country.”
He sees his first order of business making the transition as smooth as possible.
“As soon as I take over, I’m getting ready for the next year. I’ll be hitting the ground running,” he said. “It’s going to be different. I recognize that. I will be getting used to the new role, getting the procedures and day-to-day operations down.”