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Tyler ISD Superintendent May Leave District

Tyler ISD may soon be looking for a new superintendent. Dr. David Simmons has been in communication with a school district near Dallas; Richardson ISD, about becoming their next superintendent. This morning Tyler ISD's board of trustees' went into executive session for almost 2 hours to discuss Dr. David Simmon's contract, in the end no action was taken.

"This is David's decision, it is his career and his family and this will have to be one that he makes.  He's got the support from the board here in Tyler," says Andy Bergfeld, School Board President of Tyler ISD.

Dr. Simmons began his career in Tyler in August 2002 and his contract ends in June 2008. He says the opportunity at Richardson ISD is one has to consider.

"There are very few situations in the state that would attract me away from Tyler.  This is a great community and a great district to work with. I do feel that this opportunity in Richardson is worth investigating as professional and personal reasons," says Dr. Simmons.

This evening, Dr. Simmons will be attending the Richardson ISD board meeting. An item on the agenda is to consider employment of superintendent.

"If any action is taken in Richardson it will have to do with the superintendent employment.  It will be to name a finalist or multiple finalists.  We love being in Tyler and if this situation does not materialize, I hope I can continue to stay here and be an effective leader for TISD," says Dr. Simmons.

If Dr. Simmons is selected, there is a 21 day waiting period before a contract can be signed. Richardson ISD spokeswoman did tell us the tentative start date for the new superintendent is January 1st.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.  kdavis@kltv.com 

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