Longtime RISD board member Luke Davis, a Lake Highlands resident, announced today that he’s stepping down from the board once his term ends in May. (No word on who might be running for the post.) Here’s what Davis had to say:

“After proudly serving the Richardson ISD community since 2000, I have decided to not seek re-election to the Board of Trustees in May, 2012. It has been an honor to represent the RISD community, but it is time for another person to serve as the Place 1 Trustee.

“My goals as a Trustee were to be a tireless advocate for RISD students and staff, and a faithful steward for the community that entrusted me with decisions about children, school budgets, and public resources. My passion, commitment, and advocacy for the very best public education opportunities for all students will continue after my term expires in May.

“During my service, all school districts in Texas, including RISD, confronted numerous challenges including increased federal and state unfunded mandates, onerous state-imposed testing, deep cuts in state funding, an unfair and unduly burdensome school finance system, and an ever-increasing spectrum of students we serve. I am proud that RISD trustees and staff viewed each challenge through the lens of our vision, mission, and goals. As a result of our Board’s focus and commitment, together with the efforts of staff and students, RISD continues to maintain its legacy of educational excellence, financial stability, efficient operations, and community support.

“My public service was only possible with the support, encouragement, love, tolerance, and sacrifices of my wife, Paula, and our children, Meredith and Oz. This was truly a family effort.

“I encourage our community to continue its support of RISD staff and quality programs for RISD students. I have the utmost confidence that RISD Superintendent Dr. Kay Waggoner and RISD Trustees will continue to work in the best interest of RISD and its students and staff.”