Northside ISD Superintendent Brian Woods announced Oct. 27 his intent to retire at the end of 2022-23 academic year, ending nearly 11 years of leading Texas’ fourth-largest school district.

In a statement, Woods thanked NISD officials, families and community members for the opportunity to guide the school district. Woods is set to remain in his position through June 2023, according to a news release.

“The standard of excellence in Northside [ISD] begins with its board of trustees. They are some of the finest public servants I have had the pleasure of working with, and I am confident that their continued guidance will ensure NISD’s success for decades to come,” Woods said.

NISD Board President Karen Freeman complimented Woods on his love of children, passion for public education and commitment to his profession. She added Woods’ leadership as a superintendent in NISD and across the state will be missed, and that the district will soon figure how to replace Woods.

“Northside [ISD]’s excellent reputation and success will allow us to attract the best, most qualified candidates for the job of superintendent. As trustees, we have an excellent working relationship with each other and a long history of making decisions in the best interest of children. I am confident that the NISD trustees will make good decisions as we go through the selection process,” Freeman said.

According to the release, Woods began his career in NISD in 1992 as a social studies teacher and has also worked as an assistant principal, vice principal, principal, assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent.

NISD officials said, during Woods’s tenure as superintendent, the district has seen the addition of 13 new schools and five new specialized magnet programs. NISD has a student enrollment of more than 102,000 students with more than 14,000 employees.

During his tenure, NISD voters approved three school bonds totaling more than $2.4 billion to address growing enrollment, and to renovate and improve aging schools and facilities, the release said.

Woods, who was recognized as the 2018 Texas Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards, serves as president of the Texas School Alliance, the release said.