Dedicated to his job; Enis set to retire as Slidell superintendent

Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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Former Slidell ISD trustee Irene Wilson recalls the candidates that interviewed for the open superintendent job in 2004.

Greg Enis

Among the finalists was a first-time superintendent candidate, Greg Enis, that she knew from working in the same district with a few years before in Chico.

“I knew what Greg was like and his work ethic,” said Wilson, who now works in the Slidell Elementary office. “He didn’t even have his superintendent certification yet. But he’d been in the school business and was willing to work hard. He interviewed much better than anyone else.”

Wilson and the board hired Enis, who has spent the past 14 years as the district’s superintendent along with wearing many other hats – principal, bus driver, maintenance man, cook and landscaper. Enis will retire Oct. 22.

“He’s been so good for the district,” Wilson said. “There’s not many superintendents that you would see on weekends mowing the grass. Whatever it takes, he does it.”

Slidell High School Principal Taylor Williams noticed Enis’ dedication early on in her tenure with the district.

“I’d see him on the bus. He also mowed the lawn and cooked burgers for every concession stand,” Williams said.

Marty Hair, assistant superintendent, started working with Enis at Chico and followed him to Slidell in 2007.

“I admire that he never seeks recognition or credit for anything. He gets a sense of accomplishment from seeing others be successful,” Hair said. “I appreciate his passion for all aspects of the job – whether it’s driving a bus, mowing the lawn, building the budget or hiring staff. He approaches it all with the same level of commitment and enthusiasm.”

That commitment was never more evident than when he took on tasks others wanted no part of.

“He did the things he knew other staff didn’t want to like unstop toilets, getting a skunk out of the gym or cooking burgers in the rain for the concession stand,” Hair said.

During his tenure, the school’s profile in academics and athletics has elevated. For the past several years, Slidell High School has been near the top in the state in UIL academics. The school captured the 2015 Class A title in UIL. Last year, Slidell was the state runner-up. The school has won 10 straight UIL district sweepstakes trophies.

In athletics, the Greyhounds have won several district titles in boys and girls basketball and sent athletes to regionals and state in cross country, track and tennis.

“He’s brought us from rags to riches,” Wilson said. “We’ve won state in UIL and last year was second. Our sports programs compete every year. I can’t say enough good things.

“He’s done a good job for our school district and students.”

Williams will be the district’s interim superintendent.

“I can’t ask for a better mentor,” Williams said. “He’s grown me. I started here as a sub and then they hired me as a teacher. He saw the leadership qualities in me, called and asked if I would take on a larger role.”

Even after he retires, Enis will still be around the campus helping in a variety of roles, which is not a surprise to anyone that’s watched him at Slidell.

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