Richardson Independent School District voters elect board members to serve three-year staggered terms, helping to ensure that the board always includes experienced members. Five trustees represent specific geographic areas (known as Single-Member Districts), while two At-Large trustees represent the entire district. Service on the board is voluntary and members must complete an extensive orientation as well as continued training throughout their terms. RISD trustees consistently exceed the minimum number of state-mandated training hours.
The Board of Trustees has the executive power and duty to govern and oversee the management of RISD. Acting as a collective body, the Board sets the direction for the school district. Some of the Board’s general responsibilities include:
- Setting district policies and supporting administrators and teachers in the execution of those policies.
- Employing and evaluating the superintendent.
- Adopting the annual budget.
- Levying/collecting taxes and issuing bonds.
- Performing specific duties imposed by the state.