Northwest ISD Superintendent Ryder Warren announced his retirement at the end of the 2021-22 school year at the board of trustees meeting on Sept. 27.

According to Warren’s letter of resignation, his last contract day is June 30, 2022. In the letter, Warren wrote he is “forever thankful” for his time spent on the board as the superintendent, and he thanked the board members for their professional and personal support.

“You provided us a home, you helped us raise our youngest child, and you provided me with a professional experience that would not have been attained anywhere else,” Warren wrote.

During Warren’s tenure, bond packages benefiting the district’s schools, athletic facilities, stadiums and technology were passed in 2017 and 2021, according to a Northwest ISD press release. Further, the district added about 1,000-2,000 students per year since Warren took over as superintendent in July 2016.

The Northwest ISD board of trustees will begin looking for a new superintendent soon, according to the release. A tentative timeline for the search process will consist of picking a search firm at a future board meeting and then interviewing applicants next semester. The board will name a finalist in the spring, and a 21-day, state-mandated waiting period will follow before the finalist is hired.

Before the board voted to approve his resignation, Warren reiterated his gratitude, saying that “it will always be the blessing of my life having retired from here.”

NISD trustee Mark Schluter thanked Warren for his guidance throughout the last five-and-a-half years.

“We've gone through a lot together as a team of eight—our administrators, our school district and I just can't say enough about your leadership,” Schluter said.