Richardson ISD board to consider resignation of Superintendent Jeannie Stone

Richardson ISD Superintendent Jeannie Stone
Superintendent Jeannie Stone gives regular updates to the district through videos posted to RISD's YouTube page. (Screenshot courtesy YouTube)

Superintendent Jeannie Stone gives regular updates to the district through videos posted to RISD's YouTube page. (Screenshot courtesy YouTube)

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The Richardson ISD board of trustees will meet at 5 p.m. Dec. 13. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Richardson ISD board of trustees is expected to consider the resignation of Superintendent Jeannie Stone during its Dec. 13 meeting.

According to an agenda for the meeting posted to the district website, the board will consider a "voluntary separation and release agreement" with Stone followed by the appointment of an interim superintendent to take her place.

“Since the board is scheduled to take action at its Monday night meeting, we will share more information at that time," board President Regina Harris said in a statement.

Stone could not immediately be reached for comment. She was promoted to superintendent in January 2017 after serving as the district’s deputy superintendent from July 2015 to that time.

“While we are currently unable to discuss what may occur at a future board meeting, RISD continues to be focused on the academic progress of students and maintaining a safe and positive learning environment in our 54 schools,” Executive Director of Communications Tim Clark said in a statement.


The district serves more than 36,000 students in Richardson, Dallas and Garland.

Prior to joining RISD, Stone began her career as a middle school English teacher with Dallas ISD in 1990, according to the district's website. She also later served in various leadership positions with Mesquite ISD and as an assistant superintendent with Wylie ISD.

During her tenure with RISD, Stone was named the 2017 Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Educational Support Staff Association and the 2019 Texas Superintendent of the Year by the Texas PTA, according to the district website.

The RISD board held a special called meeting Dec. 6 to discuss Stone’s evaluation during a closed session, but no action was taken. According to board agendas, trustees also discussed her evaluation during closed sessions at the May 10, June 14, Oct. 4 and Nov. 15 meetings.

In addition to Stone, RISD's leadership team includes Deputy Superintendent Tabitha Branum and four assistant superintendents.

Stone's resignation would be the second change in leadership in recent months for the district. Former RISD board President Karen Clardy resigned Sept. 24 in a letter to Stone and the other trustees.

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.

The Dec. 13 meeting is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. with trustees immediately going into a closed session to consult with the district's attorney. The meeting is then estimated to resume at 6 p.m., according to the agenda. The separation agreement is the first item on the agenda following the public comment section. The meeting will be held in the district administration building at 400 S. Greenville Ave., Richardson.
By William C. Wadsack

Editor, Plano

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.