Photo courtesy of Debbie Rentería for Richardson ISD – District 3 Facebook page.

Debbie Rentería is running for Richardson ISD’s newly created District 3. She announced her decision to run in a Facebook post on her page.

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“Growing up, my mother did her best to put our education first. She was involved in our schools and believed in what we could achieve through a good education. Watching her advocate for my brothers and me made me realize that I wanted to help parents and students in the same way she helped us,” Rentería wrote. “I have dedicated my time as an educator, a volunteer with the PTA, serving on several committees, and have established a parent outreach program at Richardson High School, where I currently serve as the Padres Unidos Parent Liaison. Whenever an opportunity presents itself where I could be of help, I don’t hesitate to roll up my sleeves and go to work.”

Rentería has been active in the Richardson ISD Council of PTAs, recently becoming a Silver Angel which means she’s joined 10 PTAs in the district.

“We are so thankful for parents like Debbie!” the council wrote in a Facebook post.

She currently serves as the West liaison for the 2019-2020 RHS PTA Board.

Photo courtesy of Eric Eager.

Last week, we reported that Eric Eager is seeking election this upcoming May for the Richardson ISD Board of Trustees.

Since then, we’ve had a chance to speak with him about updates since he ran in 2017.

Eager has been active in the district, including involvement in the Strategic Planning Committee and Facilities Planning Committee.

Being involved with these committees, “I really got to get a much better, more in-depth understanding,” of the school district, Eager says.

Eager is also an executive board member of the RISD Foundation, a nonprofit that helps with scholarships and teacher grants for providing professional development. He also helped raised funds for teachers’ raises.

Typically, he says he’s a conservative person, but after seeing what the district needed for teachers; he and other worked to get the raises for the teachers so that the district could retain and keep the great teachers they have in the community, Eager says.

He also is a co-chairman for Vote4RISD and graduated from Leadership Richardson in the 33rd class.

“Even though I lost, sometimes failure is your best teacher. I learned a lot and I got to know Karen Clardy really well and really understanding the value she brought to the board,” he says. “The last election, I didn’t know as much as I know now, where to make an impact and how to help our kids, a district as a whole.”