Highland Park ISD superintendent latest to retire as a number of North Texas school leaders call it quits

Highland Park ISD superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg will step down from his role at the end of the 2022-2023 school year.

Trigg, who has served as Highland Park's superintendent for more than 7 years, made the announcement during the district's school board meeting on Tuesday.

The Highland Park Board of Trustees says it will hire a search firm to look nationally for Trigg's replacement starting this fall.

Trigg is just the latest North Texas superintendent to retire over the last 12 months.

Dr. Tom Trigg (Source: Highland Park ISD)

Some of the school district leaders to step down include:

  • Lewisville ISD, Kevin Rogers
  • DeSoto ISD, D'Andre Weaver
  • Mesquite ISD, David Vroonland
  • Richardson ISD, Jeannie Stone
  • Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, Steve Chapman
  • Northwest ISD, Ryder Warren
  • Fort Worth ISD, Kent Scribner
  • Dallas ISD, Michael Hinojosa
  • Plano ISD, Sara Bonser
  • Little Elm ISD, Daniel Gallagher
  • Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Robin Ryan

Several of the districts have found replacements for their superintendent position.

The retirements come after a tumultuous few years including fights over COVID health protocols and what is and is not allowed to be taught in classrooms.

Former Dallas ISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa and ex-Fort Worth ISD superintendent Kent Scribner both pointed to the politicization of school board meetings as part of their reason for stepping down.

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Trigg did not give a reason for his retirement.