GRAPEVINE -- School trustees made it official Monday night: Veteran educator Robin Ryan of Colleyville is the new superintendent of the Grapevine-Colleyville school district.
It is the first superintendent post for Ryan, 47, a 25-year educator who has been chief academic officer and an area superintendent in the Dallas school district.
Ryan received a three-year contract for an annual salary of $210,000, a monthly car allowance of $800 and a cellphone allowance of $100. The district will also contribute $7,500 annually to a retirement plan, beginning next summer.
Ryan succeeds Kay Waggoner, who left to become superintendent of the Richardson school district. Her salary at Grapevine-Colleyville was $216,660.50 with comparable benefits.
"There are a lot of challenges in this district," Ryan said in his acceptance remarks. "But man, there's a lot to be proud of. I look to the future with a lot of hope."
Ryan said he will take his leadership cue from the area's strong sense of community.
"I'll go forward with listening," he said. "I start my 'listening tour' tomorrow."
A native of Dimmitt, Ryan was principal of Colleyville Heritage High School during the mid-2000s. He was principal at schools in the Carroll district in Southlake and also held teaching and administrative positions in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford, San Angelo and Graham school districts.
"I don't think GCISD could've picked a better candidate," said Derek Citty, an assistant superintendent in the Carroll district who watched his friend's confirmation. "He has character and integrity, honesty, and his rapport with staff and the kids is outstanding."
Although his family has lived in the district for 14 years, Ryan said, he had not made attaining the superintendency a quest.
"Actually, I never thought that Kay would leave," Ryan said after the meeting adjourned. "It never was one of my goals because I didn't think it was out there. When Kay took her opportunity, then this quickly became my lifetime goal."
SHIRLEY JINKINS, 817-390-7657