Rick Westfall is retiring as the Keller ISD superintendent after six years at the helm.

An agenda item was added to the board of trustees meeting on Monday, June 5, to accept the voluntary retirement agreement with Westfall.

In an email sent to parents and shared on social media, Westfall said he will retire at the end of 2023, pending board approval. He will serve as the superintendent through the end of the fiscal year and remain as a district employee through December to assist in the transition of leadership.

"I am making this announcement now to allow our board of trustees time to begin the selection process of a new superintendent," he wrote. "It has been an honor to serve with so many dedicated colleagues and friends over the past six years in Keller—collectively nine years, taking in my time at Keller High School in consideration—and throughout my 31 years in public education."

Westfall was the Keller High School principal from 2008-11. He was the deputy superintendent at Grapevine-Colleyville ISD from 2012-16 before returning to Keller.

His tenure as superintendent saw the school district lower its tax rate and pass a $315 million bond proposal in 2019, according to the district website.

A native of Ohio, Westfall earned his bachelor’s degree from Miami (Ohio) University before earning a master’s degree from Texas Christian University and a doctorate in education administration from Tarleton State University.

According to previous Community Impact reporting, Westfall was also the principal at Carroll High School and held other administration jobs within Carroll ISD. He started his career as a mathematics teacher in Fort Worth ISD.