RISD Highschoolers Gain Invaluable Experience as Mayor’s Summer Interns

More than three dozen RISD students participated in the second Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program this year. Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker hosted all 41 students who interned this summer at a celebratory luncheon in late August at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts.

The interns, who worked 20 to 40 hours a week at some of the area’s top businesses and nonprofits, gained experiences rivaling those provided to college students. The internships began June 10 and ran through Aug. 2. The students earned a minimum of $10 an hour.

“It really was the summer of growth and opportunity for these students, and I am so proud of them for their hard work and commitment,” Richardson ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone said.
In just its second year, the program grew to 41 internships and 45 employers/sponsors from 24 internships and 24 employers/sponsors the inaugural year.


Join an Action Team to Support the RISD Strategic Plan

RISD is currently seeking employees, parents and community members to serve on Action Teams to support our Strategic Plan.

During the 2017–2018 school year, Richardson ISD created a Strategic Plan to guide our district into the next decade. Working with employees, students, parents and community members, our school board and superintendent were pleased to be part of the Strategic Plan Design Team that developed six strategic goals for our district to pursue over the next five years:

  • Student Learning Design — Ensure that RISD offers diverse, engaging programs and learning opportunities that meet the unique need of all students
  • Equity — Guarantee that all RISD students will perform at or above grade level
  • Staffing & Compensation — Support RISD in its efforts to recruit, retain and reward quality personnel
  • Community Engagement — Ensure all RISD families, businesses and community partners are fully engaged in the district’s mission
  • Revenue & Finance — Actively pursue creative funding sources and responsibly manage current resources to support RISD’s mission
  • Facilities — Ensure that RISD facilities and infrastructure adapt to support the district’s mission

Each goal is being implemented through a Strategic Action Team that is providing feedback, guidance and input toward annual performance indicators.

The district is currently recruiting additional action team members to engage and participate in Year 2 of the five-year plan. If you are interested in contributing in this important work, please fill out this short form.

PTAs in RHS Learning Community Connect to Coordinate Efforts

All the principals and PTA presidents within the Richardson High School learning community gathered this week to establish new partnerships and coordinate efforts to ensure all students within the feeder pattern have the same opportunity to connect, learn, grow and succeed.

The RHS PTA is one of the largest in the state with about 1,100 members, including more than 600 students. Meredyth Childress is this year’s PTA president at Richardson High School, which recently received an A grade from the state. She encouraged the PTA members to consider the high school as a potential meeting place for larger events.

“We hope to not only support each other through joining the PTAs in the entire learning community, but to also explore opportunities for our students and community to serve schools other than their own,” Childress said. “RHS students are leaders who can be mentors and volunteers in the elementary schools and junior highs they attended. There are many activities at RHS that our younger students can attend and begin looking forward to enjoying as Eagles one day.”

Read more about how RHS parents connect with school leaders.

Do You Know What Board District You’re In?
Starting with the upcoming November 5 election, Richardson ISD Trustees are being elected under a new system. In this election, only voters living in specific geographic areas of RISD (called board districts) can vote for candidates running in that district. Candidates are running in board districts 2, 4, and 5.

In May 2020, Board District 3 and at large Place 6 will be on the ballot, and in May 2021, Board District 1 and at large Place 7 will be elected.

While all RISD voters are eligible to elect at large candidates, only residents living within the boundaries of a board district can vote for candidates from that district.

See the RISD Board District Map

Search for your board district by address through Dallas County

District Calendar

Meetings, Events & Fundraisers


Connecting With School

RISD administration and individual schools regularly provide messages to parents of enrolled students with school information, important dates, reminders, and safety information. Parents are strongly encouraged to ensure their child’s school has an up-to-date email address and a working, text-enabled phone number.


Your child’s school is the best resource for questions about school schedules and operations.

Parents may also contact the main RISD switchboard at 469–593–0000 or email the district at risd@risd.org.

Save the Date — College Fair

The annual RISD College Fair will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 at Berkner High School.

RISD high school students and their parents are welcome to attend, speak with representatives from colleges and universities around Texas and the country, and attend informational sessions about financial aid, college applications, and more.

Learn more about the RISD College Fair.

Volunteering in RISD

A new background check is required every school year for all volunteers at RISD schools.

Parents, grandparents and community members must be cleared prior to volunteering at school activities, so the beginning of the school year is the best time to complete that process.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at RISD schools and submit information for a background check.

RISD School Times-September 4, 2019 was originally published in Richardson ISD Newsdesk on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.