Welcome message from new superintendent

Greetings Garland ISD Families and Communities:

Happy 2018! I am thrilled and overjoyed to be joining the outstanding Garland Independent School District as your new superintendent. This district has a long tradition of excellence in providing students with an exceptional education where families can choose the schools and programs that best meet the needs and aspirations of their children. This is a unique characteristic—true school choice—that no other area district offers. The extensive menu of educational options for children is what drew me to Garland ISD, and my wife, Linda, and I are excited about the opportunities that our two daughters will have as students here.

I continue to be amazed by what Garland ISD provides for children: over 200 career and technical education courses and the brand new, state-of-the-art Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Education Center; specialized magnet and gifted and talented programs; dual enrollment and Advanced Placement courses for high school students to earn college credit; art at every campus across the district; competitive athletics, academic and fine arts teams; robotics and coding beginning in elementary school; iPads for every high school student and laptops in middle schools; and a rigorous instructional program that prepares students for college, careers and life.

I am very proud to serve the communities and families of Garland, Rowlett and Sachse, and I look forward to meeting you all. In fact, I would like to personally invite you to a meet and greet reception on January 24, 2018, at the Curtis Culwell Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. I hope you can attend and bring your families.

I look forward to building on this district’s strong foundation and many accomplishments. Working together, we will have many more accolades awaiting us in the future. I am fully committed to creating collaborative partnerships with our students, staff, families and our communities, leading Garland ISD as we “reach the future by driving excellence, one student at a time.”


Ricardo López, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools