Kerri Jones

When Forest Meadow Junior High students return to school after Thanksgiving break, it will be to brand new administration.

Forest Meadow principal Shannon Bennett has formally announced his resignation after a year in the position.

“I made this decision because of a family health situation and know that Forest Meadow will be in great hands moving forward,” Bennett writes in a letter to students and parents. Richardson ISD plans to reassign Bennett within the district.

Kerri Jones (pictured left) will serve as interim principal for the remainder of the school year. She’s no stranger to the campus, having been Forest Meadow’s assistant principal for eight years before recently accepting a position at Liberty Junior High.

Pearce High School assistant principal Rodney Beasley will also join Forest Meadow as an assistant principal through the end of the school year.

RISD superintendent Kay Waggoner says the district will begin the formal process of selecting Forest Meadow’s permanent principal during the second semester. Parents will have an opportunity to participate in the selection process, she says.