Debbie, Molly, Sadie and Justin Bono

After two terms on the Richardson ISD school board and almost 3 years as president, Lake Highlands’ Justin Bono will not run again in May.

“It has been an honor to serve the community for the past six years,” Bono wrote in a statement announcing his plans. “During this time I have been fortunate to not only celebrate numerous successes in the school district, but growth in my own business as well. This decision is based on my need to spend more time on this growing business and a desire to spend more time with my family.”

Had Bono opted to run again, he would have sought an at-large seat in the district’s new 5-2 system, created following the lawsuit filed by former trustee David Tyson. Five single member districts were created to encourage minority board representation in RISD, which enrolls approximately 40% Hispanic students, 30% white and 20% African American. Karen Clardy was elected in 2019 to represent District 5 surrounding Lake Highlands High School, and Regina Harris was elected in District 4, which includes historic Hamilton Park.

Bono’s decision leaves a void on the board due to his experience and strong leadership. Bono and Kristin Kuhne, representing District 3 surrounding Pearce High, were first elected in 2014. Only at-large member Kim Caston, first elected in 2007, has served longer.

Bono will continue to serve until elections are held in May and has faith in district officials, he stressed.

“The leadership of this district is in a great place under my fellow board members and our Superintendent, Dr. Jeannie Stone. I have utmost confidence in the trajectory of Richardson ISD as I step away in May. I know that this team will continue to focus on the success of all students and staff and implement the bold initiatives outlined in the district’s Strategic Plan. With two children still in RISD schools, I look forward to continuing my support of the district as a parent and community member well beyond May 2020.”