Highland Park ISD named their “lone finalist” in the superintendent search this morning: Dr. Tom Trigg of Overland Park, Kan. Trigg has been the superintendent of Blue Valley Schools there for 11 years. Before that, he served as assistant superintendent for eight years. He’s also been a math teacher and athletic coach in Overland Park, as well as a high school principal in Gardner, Kan.
He was Kansas’ Superintendent of the Year in 2011, one of four finalists for National Superintendent of the Year, and he was also named a “Leader to Learn From” by Education Week this year.
“The opportunity is just tremendous,” Trigg said. “It’s such a quality district with a foundation of excellence.”
After being announced by the board of trustees this morning, Trigg embarked on a tour of each campus with his wife, Julie, a Spanish teacher. The couple has three grown children — one of whom lives in Amarillo. Julie said she plans to be highly involved in the community.
“I’m trying to absorb as much as I can,” he said. “I’m not going to turn things upside down. I think we can work together collaboratively.”
Here’s a fun fact: Trigg’s district in Kansas has already implemented the Spanish program HPISD is working to incorporate.
HPISD will make a final announcement after a 21-day waiting period, per state law.