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Board Names Dr. Rick Westfall Lone Superintendent Finalist

Keller ISD’s Board of Trustees has named Dr. Rick Westfall as the District’s lone finalist for Superintendent.

Dr. Westfall, Deputy Superintendent of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD since 2011, was welcomed as the lone finalist by a 6-0 vote at a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees on Monday, May 8. A state-mandated 21-day waiting period now follows before Dr. Westfall can be officially hired to the position. After that time, the Board would call a Special Meeting to formally declare him Superintendent and determine his start date.

“After reviewing feedback from our community, we believe Rick Westfall is the perfect individual to serve as Keller ISD’s next Superintendent,” said KISD Board President Craig Allen. “He is a strong leader who is dedicated to providing open and transparent communication, maintains a focus on student success while supporting the work of teachers, has a track record of success, and is familiar with our community after having spent the majority of his career in Northeast Tarrant County.”

Dr. Westfall was the Principal of Keller High School from 2008-11, prior to moving into central administration with GCISD. He has 24 total years of experience in education, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Miami University (Ohio), a Master’s Degree from Texas Christian University, and a Doctorate in Education Administration from Tarleton State University.

During his six years in Grapevine-Colleyville, Dr. Westfall led the district’s instructional division including Curriculum and Instruction, Campus leadership, Continuous Improvement and Accountability, Technology, and CTE. He was responsible for the implementation of the district’s strategic plan – LEAD 2021 – and was actively involved in the planning and design of construction resulting from GCISD’s $249 million 2016 bond package. In February 2017, the GCISD Council of PTAs awarded him its Friend of Children Award.

Prior to becoming Keller High’s principal, Dr. Westfall worked as a principal at Carroll High School in Southlake for four years and at other levels of Carroll ISD campus administration during the five years before that. He began his career as a Mathematics teacher in Fort Worth ISD.

“I love Keller ISD,” Dr. Westfall said. “I loved it when I was here before and I believe this is exactly where I am supposed to be. My family and I are thrilled to have this opportunity to re-connect with this incredible community.”

“It is truly an honor and such a tremendous opportunity to serve in this role for Keller ISD – a District that enjoys one of the finest reputations in the state of Texas,” Dr. Westfall added.

Dr. Westfall’s wife Michelle is a former elementary school teacher and his son Grant is wrapping up his sophomore year at Northwest ISD’s Eaton High School.

School Executive Consulting, Inc., assisted the Keller ISD Board of Trustees with the superintendent search process.

“We are very grateful for the support of School Executive Consulting, Inc., led by Dr. Mike Moses and Dr. David Thompson,” Board President Allen said. “They made a concerted effort to include input from all corners of the community and deliver high-quality candidates. The whole process was both thorough and efficient and we are excited to have someone with Dr. Westfall’s leadership ability and vision as our lone finalist.”

Current Keller ISD Superintendent Dr. Randy Reid announced in January that after five years with the District, he would retire in July 2017, prompting the Board of Trustees to begin the search that led to Dr. Westfall.