Four years ago Paul Trevino became Silsbee Independent School District’s high school principal.
On Friday, May 10, he announced he would be leaving the district to become principal of the Huntsville Intermediate School in Huntsville, Texas.
A popular principal his absence leaves a hole in the Silsbee ISD community; why now, why leave?
“It all comes down to family,” Trevino said, saying the opportunity to move closer to relatives was too good to pass up.
He wants to see his three kids grow up together with his two nieces who live in Huntsville.
“My oldest niece and my oldest son are the same age and could graduate together,” he said.
Trevino let Silsbee ISD Board President Dr. Weiss know of his plans before announcing it to the entire campus.
He leaves behind a legacy of significant innovation and praises the support of the board for his initiatives.
Shortly after his 2015 arrival, Trevino established the Special Student fund for kids at financial risk for them to acquire food, clothes, and school supplies.
“I hope this will continue because we’ve changed some possible outcomes for a lot of families,” he said.
Where he saw a need, he was happy to fill it.
Over his tenure, his efforts have had an impact; he said: “for some to break the cycle of poverty and change lives for the better.”
Trevino’s efforts also include a focus on Silsbee High School Career Technical Education where students learn life skills beyond the classroom.
Trevino credits the automotive vocational department as offering students the chance to work on everything from car computers to troubleshooting mechanical issues.
“That includes the challenge of SkillsUSA Competitions that allows them to hone their technical education,” he said.
Trevino’s last day has not been determined, but it will be after graduation.
“We’ve been together all four years, and we’ll stay together to the end,” he said, adding he is proud of the campus, the community, and the kids.