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Board Notes
Superintendent Resignation
On Monday evening, the Richardson ISD Board of Trustees accepted Superintendent David Simmons’ resignation, effective immediately. The following statement was given by the Board:
 
“The action was a mutually agreed upon decision involving philosophical differences. The Board desires to build on RISD’s accomplishments under the state accountability system and expand beyond what our legislators say is the measure of achievement. RISD has always been on the leading edge and we intend to stay there. Our students, staff and community deserve this commitment.

The Board will turn its focus immediately to a transitional leadership plan that will include naming an interim superintendent. We pledge to keep our staff and community informed as this process unfolds. Until that time, day-to-day operations will remain under the direction of the Deputy Superintendent.

The Board thanks Dr. Simmons for his service to the district and wishes him future success.”
 
Graduation Plans
Also on Monday evening at their regular meeting, the Board discussed graduation plan changes brought about by House Bill 3. The Board passed a resolution that adopts the new graduation requirements from House Bill 3 for 2009-10 seniors on the Recommended High School plan only. Seniors on the Recommended High School plan will no longer be required to take a .5 credit in Health, a 1.0 credit in technology applications, and a .5 credit of P.E. to graduate. Seniors in RISD are scheduled to complete their registration on Friday, Aug. 7 or Monday, Aug. 10. Seniors may meet with their counselors during registration to discuss elective options and other additional rules of the new plan.

Seniors on the minimum or DAP (Distinguished Achievement Plan) are still required to take Health, technology applications and the additional .5 credit of P.E. to graduate.

At this time, students in grades 7-11 are still required to take .5 credit of Health, 1.0 credit of technology applications and 1.5 credits of P.E. The Board will continue to study the issue of graduation requirements.
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