Frisco ISD trustees this afternoon named Dr. Mike Waldrip lone finalist for the District’s superintendent vacancy in a specially called meeting. Dr. Waldrip, current superintendent of Coppell ISD, is expected to assume the duties of FISD superintendent sometime after a state-mandated 21-day waiting period.
Dr. Waldrip succeeds Dr. Jeremy Lyon, who is set to retire in June after more than four years as FISD superintendent and 31 years in public education. The selection of Dr. Waldrip as lone finalist concludes a two-month search for Dr. Lyon’s replacement. With the assistance of Jenny Preston Consulting, the Board garnered public input from community members as well as FISD staff to develop a wish list of qualities the District desired in a new superintendent.
During the almost 60-day process, applications were received from across the country.
“Hiring a superintendent is the most far-reaching decision a school board will ever make,” said Anne McCausland, president of the FISD School Board. “This Board focused its energies to find the best fit for our students, staff, parents and community. We are thrilled to have Dr. Mike Waldrip continue our commitment to student achievement and keep Frisco ISD a destination district.”
Dr. Waldrip, a 35-year educator, has been superintendent of schools in Coppell since 2014. He spent the previous 12 years in Frisco ISD, serving as middle school principal and director of secondary instruction before opening Liberty High School in 2006. He went on to serve as assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent prior to accepting the reins in Coppell.
A 1982 graduate of Texas Tech University, Dr. Waldrip earned his undergraduate degree in biology and physical education. Both his masters and doctorate are in educational administration from Sul Ross State University and the University of North Texas, respectively. Prior to joining FISD, he was a teacher/coach and assistant principal in Victoria, Goliad and Seminole ISDs.
Dr. Waldrip has served on a variety of committees, sub-committees and boards at the local, regional and state level. Among them are the North Texas Regional Consortium (NTRC), the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium (THPSC), the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and the Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (TASCD).
His wife, Lisa, works in public education. The couple has two grown sons.