Stone Named Interim Superintendent

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Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone has been named Interim Superintendent by the RISD Board of Trustees, following Dr. Kay Waggoner's announcement that she is retiring. Dr. Stone has been serving as Acting Superintendent since April.

"The Board is delighted​ to have a leader the caliber of Dr. Stone serve as our interim superintendent," said Board President Kim Caston. "She has brought energy, experience, a successful track record, and a results-oriented leadership style to her duties in RISD. The Board of Trustees has complete confidence in her ability to lead RISD in the coming months."

Dr. Stone accepted the interim role at the June 13 Board meeting.

"I'm honored and humbled by this opportunity, and ready for the challenge," said Dr. Stone. "While I've only been in the district for one school year, I feel like I've been part of the RISD family for much longer. I'm looking forward to continuing the work and progress that we've made this year, and focusing our efforts on serving our students and supporting our teachers."

Dr. Stone joined RISD last summer as Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, coming from Wylie ISD. She has 26 years of experience in education, beginning as a classroom teacher and serving as an assistant principal, principal, and in central administrative positions over curriculum, instruction and operations. Dr. Stone holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas at Arlington, a master's degree in Education from Texas A & M University, Commerce, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

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Goodson to Lead Human Resources

Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools Dr. Chris Goodson has been named Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

"I'm excited that Dr. Goodson will be leading our efforts to recruit, hire and retain the best possible teachers and staff to serve our students," said Dr. Stone. "His substantial experience, educational philosophy and interpersonal skills make him ideally suited for this critical role."

Goodson has 23 years of experience with RISD, beginning as classroom teacher and also service as an assistant principal, principal and executive director over elementary curriculum and operations. He holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Texas, a master's degree in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington and a doctoral degree in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas.

He'll assume his new duties in July.

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Payne to Support Elementary Education as Assistant Supt.

Chief Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction K-12 Brenda Payne has been named Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools.

"We are very pleased that Brenda Payne will be leading instruction and operations in our elementary schools," said Dr. Stone. "Her wealth of experience and instructional expertise will serve RISD students and teachers exceptionally well in her new role."

Payne has 27 years of progressively responsible experience with RISD. She began her career as a classroom teacher, and has also served as an elementary assistant principal, principal, and in central administrative roles in curriculum, instruction and school operations. She holds a bachelor's degree in Education from Texas Tech University, and a master's degree in Education from Texas Woman's University.

She'll begin her new duties in July.

Additional Central Staff Changes Announced

Dr. Stone announced two additional central staff changes today.

"Charis Hunt will be RISD's new Executive Director of K-12 College and Career Readiness, and Dr. Matthew Gibbins will be our new Executive Director of Student Services," said Dr. Stone. "I'm confident that both of these dynamic and experienced leaders will excel in their new roles as our leadership team prioritizes service to students and support for our teachers and staff."

Hunt has most recently led the district's elementary college and career readiness efforts, and Gibbins will be moving from his role overseeing instruction and operations at a cluster of elementary schools.

Photo of Charis Hunt and Dr. Gibbins