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Highland Park ISD Superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg announced at the Oct. 11 school board meeting that the 2022-23 school year would be his final one as HPISD Superintendent. Dr. Trigg is in his eighth year of service at HPISD. His career in education has spanned 49 years.
Immediately following the announcement, trustees identified a process for selecting the next HPISD Superintendent. The process includes retaining a search firm with national reach and creating a comprehensive timeline that provides opportunities to gather stakeholder input.
  • Click here to read the joint statement from HPISD Board President Tom Sharpe and Superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg
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HPISD Trustees begin superintendent search process
HPISD Board of Trustees
Dear Highland Park ISD Community,
Dr. Tom Trigg announced at the October school board meeting that the 2022-23 school year will be his last as HPISD’s superintendent. The Board of Trustees would like to take this opportunity to formally thank Dr. Trigg for his more than seven years of exemplary service to our district and for his lifelong commitment to public education.
The Board of Trustees applauds and celebrates all that Dr. Trigg has accomplished during his tenure at HPISD including, most notably, the passage and implementation of a $361 million bond program, the passage of a Voter Approved Tax Ratification “Golden Penny” Election, the opening of the William P. Clements Jr. Leadership Center, the opening of Michael M. Boone Elementary School, the creation of the Moody Innovation Institute and the navigation of an unprecedented pandemic. In all of this, Dr. Trigg’s greatest contribution to HPISD has been and continues to be his personal legacy of integrity and character in all his endeavors.
Upon receiving Dr. Trigg’s announcement, the Board of Trustees commenced the process of identifying our next superintendent. This process will include retaining a search firm with national reach as soon as possible and creating a comprehensive timeline that provides opportunities for community and stakeholder input. The Board believes that initiating a search this fall will provide the greatest opportunity for identifying and assessing the most qualified candidates and will allow for a smooth leadership transition.
For more than 100 years, HPISD has pursued a tradition of excellence under the guidance of leaders like Dr. Trigg. We are committed to ensuring that our next superintendent continues this legacy by working together with faculty, students, parents and our community to provide an unrivaled experience in public education.
Thank you for your continued support in the months ahead as we collaboratively move forward.
Tom Sharpe, President
Maryjane Bonfield, Vice President
Bryce Benson, Secretary
Jae Ellis, Trustee
Stacy Kelly, Trustee
Ellen Lee, Trustee
Doug Woodward, Trustee
Online survey opens Monday, Nov. 28
Working with HYA, trustees have developed a short eight-minute online survey that will open at 6 a.m. CST Monday, Nov. 28 and close at 11 p.m. CST Monday, Dec. 5. The survey will be open to all HPISD parents, staff and community members. Students in grades 9-12 will also have an opportunity to participate in the survey to provide their input. The link to the survey is and will be active at 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28.
Public Forum
Tuesday, Nov. 29
6-7 p.m.
Clements Leadership Center