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Richardson Unanimously Approves Simmons As Superintendent

In an unanimous vote tonight, the Richardson School District offers the superintendent position to Tyler ISD's Dr. David Simmons.   The Richardson school board held a special meeting tonight to discuss hiring Simmons. The school board says after five months of searching, Simmons was the most qualified, saying he will face similar demographics in Richardson as in Tyler. Tyler ISD school board president Andy Bergfeld agrees.

"David is very driven and you know he's not one to just sit around and hope good things happen," said Tyler ISD President Andy Bergfeld. "He's going to go make it happen himself, so I think he will do great there. He's very good at managing personell and that's so much apart of his business." The TISD board says in his four years with the district, Dr. Simmons has made a lasting impression.  Most notably, he headed a $96 million dollar school bond that passed just two years after the city heavily rejected a $300 million bond. That bond has resulted in the construction of Bell and Ramey elementary schools. Five other schools are currently being renovated. Simmons is also credited for increasing student performance on standardized tests along with lowering the achievement gap. Last year, the Texas Association of School Administrators honored Tyler ISD as the school board of the year.

In a statement Tuesday, Dr. Simmons said "I have been blessed to be a part of the Tyler community," Simmons goes on to say, "I am very proud of the progress we have made as a district, and I will leave hoping the staff believes I have positively contributed to the district and community." The TISD board will meet Friday to consider Dr. Simmons' resignation and the appointment of an interim superintendent. Board president Bergfeld says the meeting will also address hiring a search firm for Simmons' permanent replacement.

Molly Reuter, reporting.


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