Richardson Independent School District, Texas

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Richardson Independent School District
Richardson, Texas
Richardson ISD logo.jpeg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Kay Waggoner
Enrollment:36,070 students
Number of schools:55
Budget: $336.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Karen Holburn
Board members:7
Term length:3
Richardson Independent School District is a school district in Texas that serves the city of Richardson. It is the 32nd-largest school district in Texas, serving 36,070 students in 55 schools with an operating budget of $336.2 million.[1]

About the district

Richardson Independent School District is located in Dallas County, TX
Richardson Independent School District is located in Richardson, Texas. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Richardson is home to 99,223 residents.[2] It covers more than 6 million square feet with 35 million square feet of grounds.[3]


In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Richardson outperformed the rest of Texas in these areas. The graduation rate was 90.4% compared to 80.4% statewide. The average household income was $70,228 compared to $50,920 in the entire state. Richardson had a poverty rate of 10.3%, while the poverty rate for Texas was 17.4%.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Richardson city (%) Texas (%)
White 67.1 70.4
Hispanic or Latino 16.0 37.6
Asian 15.1 3.8
Black or African American 8.6 11.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.7
Two or More Races 3.0 2.7

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4]


The current superintendent of Richardson Independent School District is Dr. Kay Waggoner, who began her tenure in March 2010. Prior to her time at RISD, Dr. Waggoner was superintendent of both Grapevine‐Colleyville Independent School District and Red Oak Independent School District. Dr. Waggoner earned her Bachelor's in science in 1981 and a Master's degree in 1984 from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1991 in conjunction with the Cooperative Superintendency Program from the University of Texas at Austin.[5]

School board

The Richardson ISD Board of Trustees consists of seven members who are elected at-large to three-year terms. While candidates run for specific positions on the ballot, they represent the entire district.[6]

Richardson ISD Board of Trustees
Member Role Place # Term Ends
Karen Holburn President Place 5 2016
Kris Oliver Vice President Place 3 2016
Kim Caston Treasurer Place 2 2015
Adam Meierhofer Secretary Place 1 2015
Lanet Greenhaw TASB Delegate Place 4 2016
Justin Bono Member Place 6 2017
Kristin Kuhne Member Place 7 2017

School board elections

See also: Richardson Independent School District elections (2014)

Members of the Richardson ISD Board of Trustees are elected to three-year terms. Two seats were on the ballot on May 10, 2014; newcomers Justin Bono and Kristin Kuhne were elected to the board as neither incumbent sought re-election. Two seats will be on the ballot in May 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Trustees maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2011:

As long as the requirements of the Open Meetings Act are satisfied and the right of citizens to apply to the Board for redress of their grievances is not abridged, the Board need not provide a public forum for every citizen wishing to express an opinion on a matter. Reasonable restraints on the number, length, and frequency of presentations are permissible. The Board may limit the number of persons it will hear on a particular subject and the frequency with which they may appear, so long as the regulation does not abridge constitutionally guaranteed rights of freedom of speech and to petition nor unfairly discriminate among views seeking expression. [7]

—Richardson Independent School District's website, (2011), [8]


Richardson Independent School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[1]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $208,982,856 62.2% $40,518,466 12.1% $38,829,382 11.5% $46,669,746 13.9% $1,208,424 0.4% $336,208,574
Averages: $208,982,856 62% $40,518,466 12% $38,829,382 12% $46,669,746 14% $1,208,424 0% $336,208,574

Teacher salaries

Teachers in Richardson Independent School District with no experience start out earning $47,400 and cap out at $54,325 with 25 years experience.[9]

Schools in Richardson ISD


Richardson Independent School District serves 36,070 students. Richardson Independent School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[10]

District schools

Richardson Independent School District operates 55 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Richardson Independent School District Schools
School Name
Aikin Elementary School School
Apollo Junior High School
Arapaho Classical Magnet School
Audelia Creek Elementary School School
Berkner High School School
Big Springs Elementary School
Bowie Elementary School
Brentfield Elementary School
Canyon Creek Elementary School
Carolyn G. Bukhair Elementary School
Christa McAuliffe Learning Center
Dartmouth Elementary School
Dobie Primary School
Dover Elementary School
Forest Lane Academy
Forest Meadow Junior High School
Forestridge Elementary School
Greenwood Hills Elementary School
Hamilton Park Elementary School
Jess Harben Elementary School
Lake Highlands Elementary School
Lake Highlands Freshman Center
Lake Highlands High School
Lake Highlands Junior High School
Liberty Junior High School
Mark Twain Elementary School
Thurgood Marshall Elementary School
Merriman Park Elementary School
Mohawk Elementary School
Moss Haven Elementary School
MST Magnet School
Northlake Elementary School
Northrich Elementary School
Northwood Hills Elementary School
O. Henry Elementary School
Parkhill Junior High School
Pearce High School
Prairie Creek Elementary School
Prestonwood Elementary School
Richardson Heights Elementary School
Richardson High School
Richardson North Junior High School
Richardson Terrace Elementary School
Richardson West Junior High School
Richland Elementary School
RISD Academy
Skyview Elementary School
Spring Creek Elementary School
Spring Valley Elementary School
Springridge Elementary School
Stults Road Elementary School
Wallace Elementary School
Westwood Junior High School
White Rock Elementary School
Yale Elementary School

Academic performance

The Texas Education Agency issues an annual accountability report for each school district in the state. This rating determines if district schools fulfill expectations in four categories of educational achievement during a particular school year. The following terms explain these categories:

  • Student Achievement: Measures student performance on the annual Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test.
  • Student Progress: Measures student performance in reading, math and writing courses at the district level.
  • Closing Performance Gaps: Measures year-to-year performance among students in the lowest-performing demographics.
  • Postsecondary Readiness: Measures student readiness for college, employment or military service after graduation.

Richardson Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 94 percent of indicators set forth by state education officials and all four assessment categories. The following table details the district's accountability report during the 2012-2013 school year:[12]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 61,235 73,874 83 50
Student Progress 1,682 4,600 37 21
Closing Performance Gaps 1,160 1,500 77 50
Postsecondary Readiness 1,207.3 1,400 86 75

Contact information

Richardson ISD logo.jpeg
Richardson School Board
400 South Greenville Avenue
Richardson, TX 75801
Phone: (469) 593-0000

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