Holburn Announces Resignation

RISD Board of Trustees President Karen Holburn announced her resignation at Monday's meeting.

"I am resigning from the RISD Board of Trustees effective December 8," said Mrs. Holburn. "For employment reasons, our family is moving out of the district. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in RISD and service to our students and staff. I appreciate the opportunity to serve RISD and am honored to have done so, through both the PTA and Board of Trustees, for the last 17 years. The district is in excellent condition and I am very confident in our leadership and direction. I am proud of our students, teachers, and staff members, and wish you well on your journey to even greater heights."

The remaining Board members took action to formally accept Mrs. Holburn's resignation. Board Vice President Kim Caston was selected by trustees to serve as president, and Adam Meierhofer will now serve as vice president. Trustee Place 6 will be vacant until May of 2015, when a special election will be held to elect a trustee to serve out the unexpired portion of Mrs. Holburn's three year term, through May of 2016. The special election will be held concurrently with RISD's regular trustee election for Places 1 & 2.

Bradford Named Director of Fine Arts

Lake Highlands High School Director of Bands Jeff Bradford has been named RISD's new Director of Fine Arts. In his new position, he will oversee performing and visual arts across 54 district schools.

Mr. Bradford has 14 years of experience in music education, serving a band director in Cooper and Sherman ISDs before coming to LHHS in 2006. He holds a bachelor's degree in music from Texas A&M-Commerce and will begin his new duties on January 5, 2015.

Terrace Parent Expo Draws a Crowd

More than 300 parents and community members visited Terrace Elementary Saturday for their Parent Expo event, featuring student presentations of work completed in their enrichment clusters.

Enrichment clusters, an RISD initiative offered in every elementary school, provide students in grades K-6 with the opportunity to explore a wide variety of personal interests, such as video production, forestry, city planning, veterinary medicine, physical fitness and computer coding to name just a few. Over the course of several weeks, students authentically engage in hands-on experiences centered around their chosen topic, discover what careers are available within that industry, interact with practicing professionals and develop a product or service that is shared with an audience. The Enrichment Cluster experience is shared with parents at the end of the sequence.

Volunteers from Community Bible Chapel provided lunch and graciously donated six new bicycles raffled for lucky students who attended each enrichment cluster presentation.

Eggs & Issues With RISD Legislators

Many thanks to Representative Angie Chen Button and Representative-elect Linda Koop for their visit to Richardson High Wednesday morning for breakfast, where they met with RISD Trustees and Dr. Waggoner to discuss district priorities in the upcoming 84th Texas Legislative Session.

Staff members from Senator-elect Van Taylor's office and Representative Jason Villalba's office also joined the group for the discussion and a tour of the five new graduation endorsement areas available in RISD that were the result of House Bill 5 from the 83rd Texas Legislative Session.

BHS Students Pitch In For Holidays

Berkner HS Hospitality Program students recently joined team members from the DoubleTree Hotel in volunteering at the Salvation Army warehouse to help with the charitable organization's high holiday volume.

Red Brick Centennial

The Red Brick Centennial event was a success, with hundreds of alumni, community members and parents enjoying tours, student performances and reminiscing about one of RISD's original schools. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the grand old building, a video about its history was shown at the event. It is available for viewing on the award-winning RISD YouTube Channel.

Proposed 2015-16 Calendar

RISD is requesting stakeholder feedback on the proposed 2015-16 Student Academic Calendar. The proposed 2015-16 calendar is very similar to the current 2014-15 calendar that included a week off at Thanksgiving for the first time.

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Berkner Band Breakfast at Applebee's

The Berkner Mighty Ram Band will host an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast fundraiser at Applebee's on Saturday, December 13th from 8:00 – 10:00 am. The Buffet Breakfast will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon and drinks. Tickets are $8.00 each and can be purchased from any band member or at Applebee's during the event.

Reminder: Speak Up Survey

Parents, students, staff and other RISD stakeholders have an opportunity to provide input about technology in RISD schools by taking the Speak Up Survey by Friday, December 19th. The Speak Up Survey is a national survey in which RISD is participating, and response information will be used as part of RISD's strategic planning related to technology. Please consider taking a moment to provide RISD with your valuable insight.

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Upcoming Events

  • December 19 - Student Holiday / Staff Development Day
  • December 22 - Winter Break Begins
  • January 5 - Student Holiday / Staff Development Day
  • January 6 - Second Semester Begins
  • January 12 - Regular Board Meeting
  • January 19 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Student/Staff Holiday