RISD Superintendent David Simmons resigned last night, after the school board had held a series of closed-door meetings in the last couple of weeks discussing his performance. We’ll have more on this later today.

“The Board is dedicated to making this change as seamless as possible and that the great work of RISD will continue,” Lake Highlands trustee Luke Davis told me after the meeting. “Our plan is to find a leader who can create the vision to take the district and our students into the 21st century and beyond.”

The Dallas Morning News reported that board members had a “difference in philosophy” and were seeking a “new strategic vision.” Simmons had served as superintendent since 2007 and had presided over several notable district achievements, including last year’s Recognized rating and its recently announced repeat.

Deputy Superintendent Patti Kieker will manage day-to-day operations while the district initiates its search for a replacement and develops a plan for transitional leadership.