The Board of Trustees of the Richardson Independent School District voted Tuesday to name Dr. Carolyn G. Bukhair
as interim superintendent.
“Dr. Bukhair is a proven educational leader who brings a wealth of experience to our district. Her depth of knowledge and passion for RISD will enable a smooth transition and prepare the way for the next superintendent,” said Board President Kim Quirk.
Dr. Bukhair served as the RISD superintendent for more than eight years before retiring in 2004 after spending more than 29 years in the district and 37 years in education. During her career in RISD, she also served as a teacher, principal, assistant and deputy superintendent, and a previous term as interim superintendent. The Texas Association of School Boards named Dr. Bukhair one of the state’s top superintendents of the year in 1999 and 2003.
Since her retirement, Dr. Bukhair has coordinated the Superintendent’s Academy for the Region 10 Educational Service Center. She will assume leadership during the next week, following the resignation last week of Dr. David Simmons.
“My focus always has been and will continue to be on what is happening within our schools. RISD has an incredible legacy, and my goal is to build on that. I will ensure the focus remains on student learning during this transitional time,” said Dr. Bukhair.
Additionally, the Board’s action authorizes President Quirk to negotiate final contract terms with Dr. Bukhair.
The Board praised the leadership of Deputy Superintendent Patti Kieker as well as that of our principals, teachers, central administrators and support staff. “During this time of transition, all staff members have remained focused on the upcoming school year and their meaningful work with our students. We are deeply grateful to all of you and appreciate your dedication,” said Quirk.
to download Dr. Bukhair's resume.