Dr. J.P. Richardson, Superintendent of Gladewater ISD, heads one of the most successful school districts in Texas. Gladewater ISD was a T.E.A. Recognized District in the last years of state accountability. Most recent accountability GISD is a MET STANDARD District. Gladewater ISD passed a TRE, Tax Ratification Election, in 2010. In 2014 Gladewater ISD passed a $35 million bond for new campuses. Dr. Richardson has been in education for the past 20 years.
Dr. Richardson has served as Superintendent at Gladewater ISD since 2008.
Dr. Richardson has served as a Director of Human Resources & Community Relations, Principal, Assistant Principal & Teacher. Prior to coming to Gladewater, Dr. Richardson worked at Tatum ISD, T.E.A. RECOGNIZED DISTRICT, as a Director & Principal prior to accepting the job as Superintendent of Gladewater ISD.
As a principal, Dr. Richardson's schools have been rated only RECOGNIZED twice and other times rated EXEMPLARY. His schools have received Title 1, Part A Distinguished Performance Schools Awards and been honored as TBEC Honor Roll Schools.
A native of Texas who earned his Bachelors degree from Tarleton State University, Master Degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, Superintendency from University of Texas at Tyler, and his Doctorate from Lamar University. Dr. Richardson has been married to Lisa for 22 years. Lisa teaches kindergarten at the primary school. They have two boys, Jackson who is 13 and he is in the 7th grade and Landon who is 16 and he is in the 10th grade. Dr. Richardson enjoys exercising, reading, playing sports with his boys, watching his boys play sports, fishing, camping & hunting with his sons.
A vocal advocate for public education not just locally but across the state, Dr. Richardson is a member of TASA, TACS, TASMUS, USAA, TAMS, AASA and many more educational organizations. He was past Vice President of TEPSA for Region 7. Dr. Richardson has presented numerous times across the area from New Orleans to most recently in Austin.
Dr. Richardson is active in numerous community organizations. Dr. Richardson has been a member of the Lions Club but currently is a member of the Gladewater Rotary and has served as President of the club. He has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary. Dr. Richardson is also active in the Gladewater Chamber of Commerce.