KELLER -- At a special meeting Monday night, Keller school trustees named a longtime Texas educator as the lone finalist for the district's vacant superintendent position.
The voted was 5-0 for Randy Reid, superintendent of the Tyler district. Trustees Craig Allen and Ruthie Keyes were absent.
By law, the parties must wait 21 days before the final contract can be signed.
"Dr. Reid rose to the top as the type of person Keller needs," board President Kevin Stevenson said. "He's a fantastic leader."
Reid said the Keller job is "a great opportunity."
"My first priority is to get to know the people in the district and community and establish relationships because the school business is all about relationships and trust," he said.
Reid spent 24 years in Richardson as a teacher, high school principal and, eventually, assistant superintendent. He was superintendent in Celina, northeast of Denton, for two years before taking the Tyler job in 2007.
Tyler has about 19,500 students; Keller has 33,000.
Stevenson said Reid has done a good job of building unity during difficult times in Tyler.
In September 2009, a 16-year-old student at John Tyler High School fatally stabbed a teacher.
The district responded by instituting a number of changes, including installing metal detectors and hiring more security officers.
Keller Trustee Lara Lee Hogg said that Reid stood out for the innovative ways he involves teachers in decisions.
Trustee Cindy Lotton said that when Reid was an administrator in Richardson, he helped start some community projects that also interest Keller officials.
Reid said that he drove around Keller in 2004 during the last superintendent search and thought about applying, but that the timing wasn't right.
The school board had eight meetings in the last four weeks to examine focus group results, develop a superintendent profile, look over 34 applications, interview six candidates, conduct final interviews with the top two and name the lone finalist.
Former Texas Education Commissioner Mike Moses and David Thompson, lead attorney in one of the lawsuits that districts have filed over the state funding formula, coordinated the search.
Teaching runs in the Reid family. Reid's wife, Vickie, is a teacher, and their two older sons teach in Dallas-Fort Worth. Their youngest son is a student at Baylor University.
Sandra Engelland, 817-431-2231