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  • Bond 2016 Graphic Update and link to video
  • Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving Break! Enjoy fall highlights and a special message from our Interim Superintendent.
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Bond 2016 Graphic Update and link to video1 Enjoy fall highlights and a special message from our Interim Superintendent.
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News and Announcements
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Community Input Sought for Superintendent Profile 11/18/16
One of the primary duties of the RISD Board of Trustees is to hire the superintendent. Since Superintendent Kay Waggoner announced her retirement in spring 2016, Dr. Jeannie Stone has served as RISD's interim superintendent.

The Board of Trustees is beginning the process of identifying RISD's next superintendent, and has drafted a preliminary profile of superintendent characteristics to use as a guide in the decision-making process. In a district serving 39,221 students at 54 schools, the superintendent role is complex and has many dimensions. The Board has selected 10 qualities as the most relevant to RISD. Before finalizing the list of characteristics, the Board invites community observations or comments. To share feedback, email boardoftrustees@risd.org by Friday, December 9; please indicate your relationship to RISD: parent, employee, or community member.

Read a message from the Board of Trustees

Review the draft superintendent characteristics

 
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District, Consultant to Work With Community to Consider Options for White Rock Growth 11/8/16
At its November 7 Regular Meeting, RISD trustees heard from Ms. Vandana Nayak, a growth planning consultant with Stantec, Inc. RISD has retained Stantec to facilitate and assess the district's planning efforts related to enrollment growth. Sandra Hayes, newly appointed RISD Assistant Superintendent of Operations, will lead the project.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone also announced that RISD was indefinitely suspending planning and work toward a new school at the White Rock Trail site.

"It's important that the White Rock community be part of the solution to address enrollment growth at White Rock Elementary," said Stone. "The site at White Rock Trail has been a divisive issue, and I'd like our focus to be on working with our community and planning consultants to identify a solution that addresses growth in a way that lets us move forward together."

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Harkleroad Announces Retirement 10/27/16
Photo of Tony Harkleroad RISD Deputy Superintendent of Finance and Support Services Tony Harkleroad has announced his retirement, effective December 31. "I have been honored and blessed with the opportunity to serve in this great district, alongside dedicated colleagues, on behalf of our students and community," said Harkleroad.

"On behalf of Richardson ISD, we recognize and thank Tony for his exceptional service to RISD," said Interim Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone. "His consistent leadership and prudent financial approach has allowed RISD to navigate the ups and downs of the Texas school finance system and keep our focus on teaching and learning. His expertise, ability, and leadership will be missed." Harkleroad, a CPA, is in his 25th year of service with RISD, including the last 15 as RISD's chief financial officer.

In 2015, Mr. Harkleroad was named a Top Financial Executive by D Magazine.

RISD is beginning the process of identifying a new Chief Financial Officer.

 
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Hayes To Lead Operations 10/27/16
Photo of Sandra Hayes Dr. Stone has appointed current Assistant Superintendent for Technology Sandra Hayes to the expanded role of Assistant Superintendent for Operations.

In her new role, Hayes will oversee the Facilities, Maintenance, and Transportation departments in addition to continuing to lead Technology Services and Student Reporting. She has been with RISD for 29 years, beginning as a classroom teacher and coach. Ms. Hayes will begin transitioning into her expanded duties immediately.

 
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Thomas Named Hamilton Park Principal 10/11/16
Photo of Michael Thomas Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet assistant principal Michael Thomas has been named the new principal of the school.

Mr. Thomas is in his 10th year with RISD, beginning as a classroom teacher and also serving as an instructional specialist and assistant principal before coming to HPPM this year. He holds a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from The University of Texas at Dallas and a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Lamar University.

Mr. Thomas has assumed his new duties.

 
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Accountability Reports, Distinctions Now Available 9/27/16
State accountability reports for RISD and each ratings-eligible school are now available. Every RISD school earned a 2016 rating of Met Standard, and schools can also earn academic distinctions in different areas based on student performance, primarily on the state STAAR test, compared to a peer group of schools determined by the state. Overall, 11.3% of RISD schools earned all possible academic distinctions, compared to 5.7% in Texas, and 77.4% of RISD schools earned at least one academic distinction, compared to 51.1% in Texas.

Congratulations to the following RISD schools for earning all possible academic distinctions: Jess Harben ES, Liberty JH, MST Magnet, Parkhill JH, Richardson HS & West JH.

To view State Accountability Reports and academic distinction information for each RISD school, visit the Accountability Page and select a school from the drop-down menu.

 
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December 12-16
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December 16
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Student Holiday/Staff Development
January 3
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January 9
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January 16
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