Regina Harris is running for the Richardson ISD board of trustees District 4 seat.
Harris is running for the seat recently vacated by trustee Katie Patterson. Her opponents include Taler Jefferson, Patricia Price Hicks and Sakennia Reed.
Community Impact Newspaper sent Harris a set of questions about her candidacy. This article is part of ongoing Nov. 5 election coverage and does not constitute an endorsement of the candidate. Her answers have been edited for publication style.
I am very passionate about RISD—the students, teachers, staff and communities. I have some personal, vested interests in the district. I am a product of RISD, and I have a son who is attending Richardson High School. I [would]also love the opportunity to be able to assist with student success in RISD.
I have over 25 years working in corporate America for Coca-Cola and Yum! Brands Pizza Hut. I have served several roles on RISD PTAs’ local units, including on the Ways & Means committee, as a membership chairperson and as president. I have also served on the RISD Council of PTAs (as a first vice president aide and as a programs chairperson), as a popcorn kernel and co-den leader for the Circle 10 Cub Scouts, and as a Junior BETA Club sponsor.
I am on the RISD Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. This past school year, the committee worked hard to develop an equity policy, which was adopted by the RISD board of trustees. As a trustee, I would advocate for the equity policy along with many [other]policies in RISD.
School budgets are very complicated. It is certainly one of the areas that I am researching and educating myself on so I can fairly decide based on Place 4’s needs and the district’s needs as a whole. In order to accomplish this, I will maintain strong communication with our staff, students and the community to stay informed of their needs. You will always have my pledge that I will work for the best benefits [for]our students, teachers and stakeholders.
RISD has been my community for over 30 years. I attended and graduated from RISD, I have a son who is a student at Richardson High School, and I have dedicated countless hours through the PTA as well as to RISD as a parent liaison on several committees. I believe communication and education are key to student success.