Richardson ISD trustees will not fill board vacancy created by former president's resignation

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The Richardson ISD board of trustees listen to public comment during its Oct. 18 meeting. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Richardson ISD board of trustees listen to public comment during its Oct. 18 meeting. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The Richardson ISD board of trustees listen to public comment during its Oct. 18 meeting. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Richardson ISD board of trustees listened to public comment during its Oct. 18 meeting. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Richardson ISD board of trustees voted unanimously Oct. 18 to leave the single-member District 5 seat vacant until the board's next election in May 2022, when that position is scheduled to go before voters. The seat became vacant when former President Karen Clardy resigned from the board Sept. 24 in a letter to the other trustees and Superintendent Jeannie Stone.

"Because there was less than one year left in the term for single-member District 5, the board may decide whether it wishes to leave the position vacant or fill it with an interim appointment," said Trustee Regina Harris, who oversaw the meeting as the board's presiding officer.

During the public comment section of the Oct. 18 meeting, several community members expressed their preferences that the position be filled through an election rather than having trustees appoint a new member at this time.

"I have not heard one single person from District 5 say that they wish that we would appoint someone to fill this spot for the short term," Board Member Eron Linn said. "If that's what they want, then that's the direction that I'll support."

Clardy gave no reason for her resignation in her Sept. 24 letter. She had held the board’s District 5 seat since 2017. The RISD board voted unanimously to accept her resignation during its Oct. 4 meeting.


Trustees also chose to make no changes to the existing board officers for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year during the Oct. 18 meeting.

Harris will continue as the board's presiding officer, while trustee Debbie Rentería will remain the board secretary.
By William C. Wadsack

Senior Reporter, Plano/Richardson

William joined Community Impact Newspaper in December 2019. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana.



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