MILES - The clock is ticking until the official retirement of Miles ISD Superintendent Robert Gibson. Gibson will retire June 28 after working 19 years as the superintendent in Miles, job he has truly loved.

MILES - The clock is ticking until the official retirement of Miles ISD Superintendent Robert Gibson. Gibson will retire June 28 after working 19 years as the superintendent in Miles, job he has truly loved.

Gibson, 59, announced his retirement at the December meeting of the Miles ISD Board of Trustees. And, after narrowing some 45 applications down to less than half a dozen, the board officially selected Clint Askins, of Floresville ISD. Askins starts the job on June 18.

“I will miss the teachers and the students - we have a great faculty and staff and great kids,” Gibson said.

Board President Mark Sklenarik said Gibson was an asset to the district and he did a wonderful job.

“For a superintendent to stay 19 years at one district is unheard of,” Sklenarik said. “Robert ran a good district look our teachers and our grades - He is a good man, a great superintendent.”

Gibson has only worked in three districts in his entire career with Miles ISD being the district where he served the longest and his only position as superintendent. Prior to his career in Miles, Gibson was the high school principal in Aspermont for seven years, and prior to that, he was a teacher and head boys basketball coach at Eden ISD.

On Thursday, June 7, Gibson sat in his office - which was virtually empty. He recalled some of the major accomplishments of the district over the past several years, not the least of which was the passage of a $7 million bond package which paid for building a new elementary school and the new administration office.

“It passed 3 to 1,” Gibson said adding that he was thankful to the community for supporting the bond and voting to raise their taxes.

“Everything we’ve asked the community to do they have supported,” Gibson said.

He smiles when he recalls the first major renovation during his tenure.

“Eighteen years ago we air conditioned the gym,” said Gibson smiling. “That was huge.”

But some of his best memories fall in both the academic category and in sports.

“I am proud of the school academically - we were a Blue Ribbon School in 2016,” he recalled.

He added that when the Miles Bulldogs won the State Baseball Championship in 2009 was also a very proud moment.

Gibson is very proud to have helped support the repeal of the 300-mile rule that severely penalized small school district funding. By working with State Representative Drew Darby, Sen. Robert Duncan and Sen. Charles Perry, he worked to get the rule repealed this spring. This means that Miles ISD will be getting an extra $700,000 in school funding.

“At the last board meeting (May 14) we approved a raise for teachers which will be $1,500 above base for the 2018-19 school year,” Gibson said.

Sklenarik applauded Gibson’s support of the repeal.

“He fought very hard on the 300-square mile rule,” Sklenarik said. “We were able to give the faculty and staff a raise.”

But Gibson was quick to downplay his role.

“I was just one drop in the bucket,” Gibson said. “A lot of other people worked hard on this too.”

Gibson will be ready to hand the baton to Askins in about a week.

Askins, who is a native of Big Lake and a graduate of Reagan County High School, said he is excited to come back to west Texas. He was the special education director at Floresville, near San Antonio. Prior to that he was a junior high principal in Mason and prior to that he was principal in Veribest.

“I’m glad to be coming back to West Texas,” Askins said. “It’s a great school, school board with great parents and a great community - and I’ll be filling the shoes of a great superintendent.”

Gibson said he and his wife Ray Ann would like to “see this country.”

Then, he will be working on a family home place in Coleman County raising exotic deer. And, he and Ray Ann will have more time to enjoy their three grown children, Robert Paul, Lacy and Allison, who are all in the education business - along with their nine grandchildren.

"We are going to enjoy this," he said.