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School boards and superintendents work as a team. In RISD, the Board of Trustees sets the exemplary standards that best serve the interests of the children and patrons of the district. Working together, board members set policies and priorities, and the superintendent and her staff put those into action.
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Board Overview

About the Board

The Richardson ISD Board of Trustees sets the exemplary standards that best serve the interests of the children and patrons of the district.
Role of the Board

Meet the Board

The Richardson ISD Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to serve, without compensation, for overlapping terms of three years each.
Board Members

Board Agenda

Notices of all meetings are distributed in advance of the meeting are posted at the front door of the Administration Building and available online.
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Board Meetings

Regular meetings are held at 6 p.m. in the RISD Administration Building, 400 S. Greenville Ave. in Richardson. Special meetings may be held with public notice. See below for the meeting schedule.
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Board Manual

The Richardson ISD Board of Trustees is responsible for making all final decisions regarding school district policies. The policies are housed on the Texas Association of School Boards' Web server.
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Election Information

Elections are normally conducted in May. RISD is in the process of transitioning to a hybrid model of electing trustees. When complete, five trustees will represent specific geographic districts and two will serve at large.
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About the Board

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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.

Our Board Members

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Karen Clardy

President, Single-Member District 5

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Jean Bono

Vice President, Single-Member District 1

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Regina Harris

Secretary, Single-Member District 4

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Kim Caston

Treasurer, At-Large Place 7

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Eron Linn

Member, Single-Member District 2

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Justin Bono

Member, At-Large Place 6

Debbie Rentería

Debbie Rentería

Member, Single-Member District 3

Board Agenda

A typical board agenda includes special reports and routine business such as monthly expenditures, personnel matters and bids. Business may also include reports from the administrative staff, first and second readings of board policies and recognition of staff and student achievements.

RISD patrons, students or staff may address the board on any agenda item by completing a Visitor Card at the beginning of the meeting and placing it in the designated box. Visitors are welcome to address agenda items at the beginning of the meeting. When called upon, the visitor will be asked to approach the podium and state his/her name and the organization represented. All remarks will be limited to three minutes.

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Board Meetings

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General Board Meeting Information

Regular meetings are held at 6 p.m. in the RISD Administration Building, 400 S. Greenville Ave. in Richardson. Special meetings may be held with public notice. See below for the meeting schedule.

All regular board meetings are public meetings under the Texas Open Meetings Act, however portions of the meetings may, under Texas law, be closed to the public.

Comments are welcomed during the visitors section of the meeting. To address the board during either of the two visitors sections, please fill out a card found in the foyer and return it to the designated box. Board actions are limited to agenda items and board members may not engage in dialogue with visitors.

A typical board meeting includes:

  • Special recognition of students and staff
  • Information items
  • Action items
  • Consent/confirmation items
  • Visitors sections

2020-2021 Meeting Schedule

Videos of Past Board Meetings

Board Election Information*

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Process to run for school board
Application for a place on the ballot must be filed with the local Election Office by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline in the Elections Office at 400 S. Greenville Ave., as established by the Secretary of State.

The deadline to file for a place on the ballot in the general trustee election is generally the 78th day before the May uniform election date. The deadline to declare for a write-in candidate generally is five days after the regular filing deadline.

The deadline to file for a place on the ballot in a special election generally is the 61st day before the date of the special election.

Single-Member District 3 and At-Large Place 6 were originally up for election in May, 2020, but have been rescheduled for November, 2020

The RISD Board approved a resolution on March 30, 2020 to postpone the election until the Fall. In mid-March, Texas Governor Greg Abbott encouraged local officials to push back all elections that were set to occur this Spring in order to respect social distancing guidelines that were put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Requirements to
Run for School Board

November 3, 2020
Election Calendar

Tentative
May 2, 2021
Election Calendar

Election Filings

Notice of Voting Order Priority

Dallas County began implementing new Vote Centers and new voting machines starting with the November 5, 2019 general election
Vote Centers provide county residents with the option to vote at one of several convenient locations as opposed to their traditional precinct location. For more information, see the Dallas County Elections website.