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SUPERINTENDENT JIM NELSON RESIGNING TO BECOME EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF AVID
The Richardson ISD Board of Trustees announced this afternoon that Superintendent Jim Nelson is resigning this summer to become executive director of AVID, a national, non-profit educational organization.

The board will immediately develop a plan for a superintendent search and transitional leadership. Board President Luke Davis said, "Although we are sorry to see Jim go, his leadership has helped RISD build on its existing foundation of quality. Jim led us through some incredible changes and has set the district on a course for an even brighter future. We are grateful to have had him at the helm.

“RISD has a superior central administrative team and strong campus leaders and staff who are dedicated to our students’ academic achievement,” Davis said. “The board fully expects them to remain focused during this time of change.” The Board meets Monday night and will discuss the plans for a search.
     
In a message to staff this afternoon, Mr. Nelson said, "This was a very difficult decision and one Karen and I thought long and hard about. It is an opportunity to impact hundreds of thousands of children around the country and the world. It is obviously a program I have seen work with great success in RISD.

"I appreciate each of you and what you have done to help implement the changes we've made these past two years. I know that the district will continue to build on its success. I wish you nothing but the best."

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, and is currently in place in all RISD secondary schools. The organization is based in San Diego.

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