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Tyler I.S.D. Braces To Lose Superintendent

For the last three weeks, the Tyler IS has been preparing to lose its superintendent.

Dr. David Simmons was the sole finalist for the superintendent position with the Richardson ISD. Tomorrow night, the decision is expected to become final.

Jeanne Guerra, a spokesperson with RISD says, "We're anticipating that there will be a unanimous vote to hire Dr. David Simmons as the superintendent of Richardson Independent School District."

Angela Jenkins, spokesperson with TISD says, "It's my understanding that if they offer him the position with the same conditions as they discussed in this preliminary 21 day waiting period, then he will be accepting the position."

If and when that happens, the Tyler School Board will have to formally accept Simmons' resignation, then begin looking at candidates to fill the vacancy.

Board President Andy Bergfeld says, "Really, it's fairly simple. You talk about having an interim superintendent come in and take over while we put together a search firm.  What we'll do is we'll look for candidates for search firms.  Then, we'll hire a search firm. Then, we'll go out and we'll do our search to try and find the right superintendent for Tyler."

Bergeld says it will be a loss to the district if Simmons leaves, but he hopes to have a candidate with a strong academic and management background in place by the spring.

"I'm happy he's got the opportunity to move on.  I think that, you know, that's what you want to hire.  You want to hire someone that other people are going to want. If you don't, then you haven't made a good choice," says Bergfeld.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com


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