Jeannie Stone

Richardson ISD is seeing several staffing changes at the administrative level.

Deputy Superintendent Jeannie Stone, who came to RISD last summer from Wylie ISD, was named interim superintendent by the RISD Board of Trustees, following Kay Waggoner’s recent retirement. Stone has served as acting superintendent since April, and she accepted the interim role at the June 13 board meeting.

Board President Kim Caston says she and the other members are “delighted” to have a leader of Stone’s caliber.

“She has brought energy, experience, a successful track record, and a results-oriented leadership style to her duties in RISD. The Board of Trustees has complete confidence in her ability to lead RISD in the coming months.”
“I’m honored and humbled by this opportunity, and ready for the challenge,”says stone, who has 26 years experience in education. “While I’ve only been in the district for one school year, I feel like I’ve been part of the RISD family for much longer.”
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Beginning in July, Chris Goodson, formerly the assistant superintendent of elementary schools, will now serve as assistant superintendent of human resources, “where he will lead efforts to recruit, hire and retain the best possible teachers and staff to serve our students,” Stone notes. “His substantial experience, educational philosophy and interpersonal skills make him ideally suited for this critical role,” she adds.

Taking over Goodson’s former role will be Brenda Payne, who will lead instruction and operations in the district’s elementary schools. Payne has served RISD for 27 years, beginning her career as a classroom teacher, and she also has served as an elementary assistant principal, principal and in central administrative roles.

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Significant change is happening at the neighborhood school level as well, according to some teachers with whom I have spoken, their names off the record for now. For example, one local junior high saw several resignations — upwards of eight — at the end of the school year, a situation I am looking into. If you are an RISD parent or teacher interested in contributing to that research, please email me at