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West Junior High seventh graders were corralled for registration and orientation this week at Camp Bronco. Students coming from feeder elementary schools were invited to experience two mornings of junior high school life through games, tours and activities. The goal of the camp is to make seventh graders comfortable for the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 15. Many RISD junior highs and high schools are holding similar events.
Click here for the recent Richardson Morning News story concerning the gains made in accountability ratings throughout the district. A list of individual school ratings is also included, comparing them to last year's ratings. One addition to the story is that Mohawk Elementary has returned to "Exemplary" status after a single year of being "Recognized." >Top
Randy Reid, assistant superintendent for secondary instruction and operations, has been named the lone finalist for superintendent of Celina Independent School District.

Mr. Reid is a 1981 graduate of Baylor University, earning a B.S. in Education. His master's in administration and his Texas Superintendent Certification were earned at Texas A&M at Commerce, where he is currently completing his doctorate in education administration.

He began his career in RISD as a teacher/coach at Liberty Junior High in 1981. In 1989, after teaching at Pearce High School, he was named assistant principal at Westwood Junior High and served in the same position at Richardson High in 1991-1992. He was then named principal at Lake Highlands Junior High and served as principal of Richardson High School for four years. In 2000, he was named area assistant superintendent for the Berkner/Lake Highlands attendance area before being named to his current position.

Superintendent Nelson said, "This is a great opportunity for Randy, but a sad day for Richardson ISD. His service has been invaluable to the district and community for more than two decades. He will be missed."

Mr. Reid is currently in contract negotiations with the Celina Board of Trustees and is expected to assume his duties as superintendent in September.

Virginia Cotten, veteran RISD employee, has been named assistant superintendent in McKinney ISD and has assumed her duties there. She began with RISD as a reading teacher in 1979, and served the district in many capacities including executive director of curriculum and instruction. She will serve as McKinney ISD assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. >Top

Bob Mong, publisher of The Dallas Morning News, confirmed this week that the Richardson Morning News will be dissolved into a Central Metro section beginning late this month. The new section will cover all of Richardson and Dallas, down through Waxahachie. Richardson will be highlighted on Sundays.

Scholastic sports will be covered in a SportsDay's School Day tabloid publication, scheduled to be disseminated on Thursdays, but a firm start date has not been provided to the district. Again, it will cover high school sports in Richardson, Dallas and Waxahachie.

To offset the loss of twice weekly school news, please spread the word that this publication, School Times Now!, will be sent out electronically as often as possible with updated information about the district and about student activities and accomplishments. Check out the district Web site at for the game of the week and even more photos of activities in neighborhood schools.

And call Communications if you have questions or concerns about RISD. 469-593-0301. >Top
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