Edinburg CISD Board approves Dr. Mario Salinas as Superintendent

EDINBURG – The Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved Dr. Mario Salinas as the Superintendent of Schools during a Special Called Board Meeting on Feb. 16.

Dr. Salinas became the 20th superintendent for Edinburg CISD and was selected nearly 102 years since the first superintendent was named in 1919.

“I am excited to get going and take this District to another level of quality,” said ECISD Superintendent Dr. Mario Salinas. “As a former high school principal, I am different from the 19 other superintendents that I followed. Most of those had the elementary experience. I am coming in here as a superintendent with a high school principalship experience, which is the same job, but a different perspective.”

For over 30 years, Dr. Salinas has worked in various capacities for Edinburg CISD, including high school science teacher, head varsity basketball coach, assistant principal, and principal at Edinburg North High School for almost 10 years. He recently served as the Assistant Superintendent for Support Services, where he managed all aspects of the District's operations since 2005.

On behalf of the Board, I would like to congratulate Dr. Mario Salinas, as our new superintendent,” said ECISD School Board President Miguel “Mike” Farias. “I look forward to working with him and facing all the challenges we have set before us. It’s going to be a good year and a positive year. If anyone can do it, it’s him.”

He received his bachelor's degree, master's degree in educational administration, and his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Texas-Pan American.

Dr. Salinas said that one of his top priorities would be to enhance and improve upon the existing successful educational programs.

One of my goals is to ensure that all of our schools have high-quality instructional programs,” Salinas said.

He has served on various boards, including the Edinburg Rising Stars Foundation, the Hidalgo County Head Start, Edinburg Boys and Girls Club, and the City of Edinburg 10-K Run.