Harlingen CISD board president to retire

A staple in the Harlingen CISD family is leaving for retirement at the end of this school year.

A staple in the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District family is leaving for retirement at the end of this school year.

HCISD President George McShan has served on the district's school board for 30 years.

Mcshan, who attended countless board meetings, locally, state and nationally, feels there will be a big void left by his retirement.

"It was a battle and I'm thinking now, 'Oh my goodness, I only have one more meeting. What am I going to do?'" McShan said.

During his tenure, the school district celebrated several milestones, such as hiring their first Hispanic superintendent, hiring their first woman superintendent and even graduating over 25,000 students.

Mcshan refuses to take the credit for himself as he acknowledges the work of his school board and superintendents.

"We're in a place now with the dynamic the articulate Dr. Arturo "Art" Cavazos, who has taken this district to a level that it is now," McShan said. "He's one of the best leaders we have in the state and the country."

HCISD Superintendent Dr. Art Cavazos says that McShan continuously pushes for the school district to adapt with the times, because the students of today are different from the students of yesterday.

"He's one of those individuals that's a life-long learner," Cavazos said. "So, he just doesn't stop learning and he's always looking for, "How can this impact? How can this have an influence on what we're doing and how we can reinvent ourselves?'"

Since McShan joined the school board, the district has opened up multiple academies, added more campuses throughout each grade level for 29 campuses in total.

He says it's all been a part of making an education evolution a reality.

And that starts with the children.

"Change. They're digital, we're not," McShan said. "So, we have to make sure that we understand that children have a voice."

While Mcshan isn't seeking reelection for school board president, he says that he'll still be an advocate for education.

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