The Richardson Independent School District Board of Trustees voted December 13 to accept the resignation of Dr. Jeannie Stone, superintendent of schools, and the parties issued this joint statement:
Dr. Jeannie Stone has announced her resignation as Superintendent of Schools for the Richardson Independent School District. Dr. Stone and the board have reached an agreement that allows her to pursue other interests and permits the board to pursue hiring another superintendent. The board and Dr. Stone have entered into the agreement believing it is in their respective best interests and in the best interests of the district. Prior to the effective date of her resignation, Dr. Stone will remain employed in the district and will assist the interim or successor superintendent during that time.
On behalf of the entire district, the board of trustees expresses its sincere appreciation to Dr. Stone for her efforts while serving as superintendent and for the many achievements and accomplishments of the entire district team during Dr. Stone’s tenure as superintendent.
Dr. Stone thanks the present and past board of trustees for providing her with the opportunity to serve in the Richardson Independent School District and would like to express her heartfelt appreciation to the staff and community for their support of the district’s programs and services during her term as superintendent.
Success requires hard work, dedication, leadership and vision. The board and Dr. Stone wish to acknowledge and recognize the teachers, principals, administrators, staff, students, parents and patrons who have contributed to the district’s success. The board extends its best wishes to Dr. Stone in her future endeavors. The board will begin its search for a new superintendent, so as not to disrupt the district’s operations.
Also at the December 13 meeting, the board voted to name RISD Deputy Superintendent Tabitha Branum to serve as the interim superintendent until a new superintendent is selected.
“I am honored to serve the students, teachers, and families of RISD as the interim superintendent,” said Ms. Branum. “We will continue the focus of serving all students and working to allow each of them to reach their full academic potential. I am grateful to Dr. Stone for her leadership and contributions, thankful to our Board of Trustees for this opportunity, and humbled to work in service of our amazing RISD students and employees.”