Project RightSize


Project RightSize is a proposal to the RISD Board of Trustees, prepared by RISD Administration, based on recommendations of the RISD Community Budget Steering Committee. Attendance boundary changes required a vote of RISD Trustees to implement, as will the eventual 2024-25 operating budget.

On March 21, RISD trustees voted to approve Project RightSize proposals that will consolidate and repurpose five elementary campuses.

Message From the Superintendent:

RISD Community,

Project RightSize represents a major element of our school district plan to reduce the 2024-25 projected operating budget deficit and simultaneously address longtime inefficiencies in how RISD elementary schools are zoned and operated.

Community Budget Steering Committee

The recommendation to consider consolidation of elementary schools was one of several recommendations from the RISD Community Budget Steering Committee (CBSC) to help RISD and our elected trustees prioritize budget resources during a time of lower K-12 enrollment across Texas and the U.S., historic inflation, and no additional per-pupil funding increases from the Texas legislature since before the pandemic.

The CBSC, which included more than 60 parents, community members, business partners, and campus employees, met for six months to study RISD’s financial data and situation to arrive at recommendations that were provided to RISD Trustees in December, 2023. The recommendations, of which elementary school consolidation is one, are being considered by RISD trustees who are tasked with “rightsizing” RISD’s operating budget to ensure the district has allocated its limited resources to be able to continue successful student outcomes based on academic growth.

The goal with Project RightSize is to ensure that we are able to focus our finite budget dollars on student programs, activities, and continued academic growth, as well as prioritize compensation so the district can continue to recruit and retain the best educators and staff in N. Texas.

Inefficient Utilization of Elementary Schools

The fact is, RISD currently operates the least efficient elementary school model among all of our comparison school districts. Our average elementary school enrollment is lower than the districts we compete with, and many of our schools are significantly below capacity. We currently have more than 9,000 empty elementary school seats, and project more than 12,000 empty seats once our students complete the move to middle schools. For context, competing district Lewisville ISD, here in the DFW metroplex, serves close to 50,000 students (compared to RISD’s 37,000 students) and operates two fewer elementary schools.

Factors Considered

Much thought and study has gone into these elementary school consolidation recommendations. A goal of Project RightSize is to impact the fewest number of students and staff possible while also protecting instructional programs. I encourage you to review this document to learn more about the factors considered when preparing this plan, including:
  • Excess classroom capacity
  • Enrollment trends and projected enrollment decline
  • Enrollment among residents within existing neighborhood attendance boundaries
  • Building ages and conditions
  • Academic opportunities
  • Natural combinations of attendance zones
  • Students being able to walk/bike to school
  • Maintaining feeder patterns
  • Bus routes and transportation costs
  • Central programs like special education and bilingual classes

People-First Focus

We understand that the topic of consolidating schools can be an emotional one. Starting with this proposed plan, if school consolidations are approved, our team is committed to ensuring the thoughtful and people-centered implementation for next school year. I am proud of our students and teachers, and those who support them, and our duty is to continue to leverage our limited resources to provide the tools to meet academic growth goals. The current budget challenges are a problem for us to solve, and not something that defines who we are as a school district community.

Staying Informed

As we move through the second semester, I invite all RISD stakeholders to engage in our budget discussions and proposals. All are welcome at RISD Board meetings and comprehensive information is available online. As we are progressing through this process, our administration and Board continues to welcome parent, staff, student, taxpayer and community questions and feedback. Connect and engage with us online.

I have every certainty that RISD will emerge from these budget challenges as strong as ever, more efficient, able to continue to attract and retain the very best educators, while also ensuring the high quality of education that the children of our community deserve. Every Child. Every Day.

Tabitha Branum, Superintendent

New Boundaries:


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Listening Tours:

Greenwood Hills Elementary

  • Date: Monday, February 26
  • Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Location:
    Pearce High School
    Commons Area
    1600 N. Coit Rd.
    Richardson, TX 75080

Springridge Elementary

  • Date: Tuesday, February 27
  • Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Location:
    Berkner High School
    1600 E. Spring Valley Rd.
    Richardson, TX 75081

Spring Valley Elementary

  • Date: Wednesday, February 28
  • Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Location:
    Richardson High School
    1250 W. Belt Line Rd.
    Richardson, TX 75080

Thurgood Marshall Elementary

  • Date: Monday, March 4
  • Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Location:
    Lake Highlands High School
    H Building Auditorium off of White Rock Trail
    9449 Church Rd.
    Dallas, TX 75238

Dobie PreK

  • Date: Tuesday, March 5
  • Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: RISD Academy
    13630 Coit Rd.
    Dallas, 75240