By Steve Pickett

KELLER (CBSDFW.COM) – The new school year has seen new leaders take over at several North Texas school districts, including Randy Reid as the new superintendent of the Keller Independent School District. When he arrived on the job, Reid had two messages for teachers. The first was to continue academic success. But also, he said, “All of our world is changing over the next few years. Education in general is in for some big shifts.”

The Keller ISD faced $12 million in state budget cuts. More than 200 jobs were eliminated. But despite these challenges, the mission of doing more for students — and urging educators to embrace rigor — must be maintained. “The job of a teacher is funadmentally changing,” Reid said. “We want to make sure kids have the skill sets when they leave us to be successful. Measure all of them, want them to be equally important.”

Reid is a Dallas native. He spent over a decade with the Richardson school district, and has two sons who are now teachers. After running the Tyler school district, Reid is now in charge of 33,000 students and 2,500 teachers across 39 schools.

The Keller ISD is also defined as urban-suburban. The population there has changed. But, Reid said, the district’s status as a high-achieving school system should not change too. “A quality school district, for me, is one that is producing graduates that are ready not for today’s society, but the one they’re going to live in the future,” he said.

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