Two Richardson ISD school board seats rotate up for election in 2014, and this year both trustees – long serving members – are opting to retire from service. Karen Ellis and Kim Quirk will not be on the ballot in the Saturday, May 10 election.
Ellis has spent 15 years as a trustee, and her honors and achievements are many. She’s president of the North Texas Area Association of School Boards and a designated Master Trustee, and she was recognized as Leadership Richardson’s Alumnus of the year. She’s on the board of the Texas Association of School Boards, elected by other admiring trustees from our region.
Quirk, also a Master Trustee, was elected in 2005 and served as president for five years. In addition to RISD, she’s served on the boards of Richardson Chamber of Commerce, Collin County Community College Foundation and the Richardson Adult Literacy Center.
As a former PTA president, I’ve worked closely with both women. Both were school volunteer dynamos for many years before they agreed to serve all our schools, and, although neither hails from Lake Highlands, ask either a question about an LH campus and you can bet money they’ll know the answer. Both will be greatly missed.
If you’d like to throw your hat in the ring, the last day to file an application for a place on the ballot is February 28.