Northwestern School District superintendent dies unexpectedly Friday of 'medical emergency'

Northwestern School District superintendent dies unexpectedly Friday of ‘medical emergency’

Courtesy of Northwestern Independent School District

Northwestern School District Superintendent David Hicks died Friday after a “medical emergency,” the district announced on Twitter late Friday.

“Dr. Hicks had an immediate impact on the staff and students of Northwest ISD, and he will be greatly missed,” the Northwest School District said in a press release. “Many of you quickly appreciated his kindness and seriousness, traits that made him an excellent leader and friend. Our board is committed to supporting the Hicks family in times of need, as well as all of you as Northwest ISD teachers and staff, as well as our students and the community at large.

Hicks joined the district as superintendent earlier this year. Prior to his assignment as superintendent of Northwest ISD, Hicks was superintendent of the Sherman School District.

Hicks began his education career as a middle school teacher in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch School District and rose to campus leadership in that district. He worked as a principal in that district as well as Grapevine-Colleyville ISD before moving into district administration with the Denton School District prior to his move to Sherman.

Northwest ISD has students and campuses in 14 cities, including Fort Worth.

Bereavement counselors will be available on campus starting next week, according to the news release. The school board will meet soon to decide on next steps. The district said it is well positioned to maintain operations as it seeks a new superintendent.

“A solid organizational structure is in place and our district will continue to operate with excellence during this challenging time,” the district said in the news release.

This story was originally published September 9, 2022 9:22 p.m.

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