Grapevine-Colleyville superintendent headed to Richardson

Kay Waggoner, superintendent for the Grapevine-Colleyville school district, has been chosen as the new superintendent in Richardson, the district announced Friday.

The Richardson school board met behind closed doors to make their selection to replace former superintendent David Simmons.

Waggoner was the sole finalist, the district announced. By law, the school board must wait at least 21 days to vote to finalize the hire.

"I am honored to be named the finalist for this position," Waggoner told the district, according to its Web site. "RISD has a rich history of excellence in programs and services and is recognized throughout the state for student and staff accomplishments.

"The district’s success is a reflection of dedicated teachers, motivated students, supportive parents, and involved community members. I’m excited about joining the RISD community and working with trustees to implement the board’s new strategic direction for the benefit of all students."

Waggoner had led Grapevine-Colleyville since 2004.

Charlie Warner, president of the Grapevine-Colleyville school board, said the district wishes Waggoner well.

"Kay has done an outstanding job in her tenure in GCISD," Warner said in a statement on the Grapevine-Colleyville Web site.

"She has a true heart for public education, is an advocate for students and educators, and is a proponent of community involvement in school and district-level decisions.

"Her expertise in areas ranging from curriculum and instruction to business operations to school finance has helped build a solid foundation for our district to meet the challenges ahead.

"While we are sad to lose Kay, we are excited for her opportunity and wish her all the best. Now we will focus on finding the best candidate to continue the legacy of excellence in GCISD."

In January 2009, Waggoner received a 3 percent raise to $215,661, which kicked in last July.

Richardson's enrollment is about 34,000 students, compared with Grapevine-Colleyville's 13,650.