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Board of Trustees
School boards and superintendents work as a team. In RISD, the Board of Trustees sets the exemplary standards that best serve the interests of the children and patrons of the district. Working together, board members set policies and priorities, and the superintendent and her staff put those into action.
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Board Overview

About the Board

The Richardson ISD Board of Trustees sets the exemplary standards that best serve the interests of the children and patrons of the district.
Role of the Board

Meet the Board

The Richardson ISD Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to serve, without compensation, for overlapping terms of three years each.
Board Members

Board Agenda

Notices of all meetings are distributed in advance of the meeting are posted at the front door of the Administration Building and available online.
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Board Meetings

Regular meetings are held at 6 p.m. in the RISD Administration Building, 400 S. Greenville Ave. in Richardson. Special meetings may be held with public notice. See below for the meeting schedule.
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Board Manual

The Richardson ISD Board of Trustees is responsible for making all final decisions regarding school district policies. The policies are housed on the Texas Association of School Boards' Web server.
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Election Information

Elections are conducted in May. While candidates run for specific places, they do not represent specific geographical areas. Each represents Richardson ISD at large.
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About the Board

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Richardson Independent School District voters elect board members to serve three-year staggered terms ensuring that board membership includes experienced members. All RISD trustees serve at large and represent the entire district, not geographical areas. Service on the board is voluntary and members must complete extensive orientation as well as continued training through out their terms. RISD trustees exceed the number of state required hours of training year after year.

The Board of Trustees has the executive power and duty to govern and oversee the management of RISD. Acting as a collective body, the Board sets the direction for the school district. Some of the Board's general responsibilities include:

  • Setting district policies and supporting administrators and teachers in the execution of those policies.
  • Employing and evaluating the superintendent.
  • Adopting the annual budget.
  • Levying/collecting taxes and issuing bonds.
  • Performing specific duties imposed by the state.

Our Board Members

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Justin Bono

President, Place 6

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Kristin Kuhne, Ph.D.

Vice President, Place 7

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Kim Caston

Treasurer, Place 2

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Katie Patterson

Secretary, Place 4

Jean Bono

TASB Delegate, Alternate, Place 1

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Karen Clardy

Member, Place 3

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Eron Linn

TASB Delegate, Place 5

Board Agenda

A typical board agenda includes special reports and routine business such as monthly expenditures, personnel matters and bids. Business may also include reports from the administrative staff, first and second readings of board policies and recognition of staff and student achievements.

RISD patrons, students or staff may address the board on any agenda item by completing a Visitor Card at the beginning of the meeting and placing it in the designated box. Visitors are welcome to address agenda items at the beginning of the meeting. When called upon, the visitor will be asked to approach the podium and state his/her name and the organization represented. All remarks will be limited to three minutes.

Board Agendas

Board Meetings

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Regular meetings are held at 6 p.m. in the RISD Administration Building, 400 S. Greenville Ave. in Richardson. Special meetings may be held with public notice. See below for the meeting schedule.

All regular board meetings are public meetings under the Texas Open Meetings Act, however portions of the meetings may, under Texas law, be closed to the public.

Comments are welcomed during the visitors section of the meeting. To address the board during either of the two visitors sections, please fill out a card found in the foyer and return it to the designated box. Board actions are limited to agenda items and board members may not engage in dialogue with visitors.

A typical board meeting includes:

  • Special recognition of students and staff
  • Information items
  • Action items
  • Consent/confirmation items
  • Visitors sections
2018-19 Meeting Schedule

Board Election Information*

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Qualifications to run for school board

  • Applicant must be a US Citizen.
  • Applicant must be 18 years or older at the start date of the term of service.
  • Applicant must have lived in the state for a year and the District for 6 months prior to the filing deadline.
  • Applicant must be a registered voter at the time of the election.
  • Applicant must not have been adjudged mentally incapacitated.
  • Applicant must not have been finally convicted of a felony.
Process to run for school board
Application for a place on the ballot must be filed with the local Election Office by 5:00 pm on the deadline in the Elections Office at 400 S. Greenville Ave., as established by the Secretary of State.

The deadline to file for a place on the ballot in the general trustee election is generally the 78th day before the May uniform election date. The deadline to declare for a write-in candidate generally is five days after the regular filing deadline.

The deadline to file for a place on the ballot in a special election generally is the 61st day before the date of the special election.

2018 Election Calendar

Election Filings