85R34061 BK-D
  By: Bohac H.R. No. 2625
         WHEREAS, Jim Richardson will be retiring on August 1, 2017,
  after 34 years of service as headmaster of Dallas Academy, and this
  provides a fitting opportunity to reflect on his long and
  distinguished tenure at the helm of that institution; and
         WHEREAS, In 1983, Mr. Richardson was appointed as the sixth
  headmaster of Dallas Academy, bringing to the campus a vision for
  growth and a genuine commitment to promoting educational excellence
  for students with learning differences; under his leadership, the
  school quickly established an athletic program and began offering a
  variety of student extracurricular activities, and its enrollment
  steadily grew, surpassing 100 in 1992; and
         WHEREAS, The increased number of students required expanded
  facilities, and Mr. Richardson's leadership was key to the many
  changes that took place at the school in the late 1990s and early
  2000s; a gymnasium was added in 1997, and after additional land was
  purchased and the academy merged with the Lattner School, a
  beautiful new addition was dedicated in 2008 that included a
  library, cafeteria, and multiple learning labs; today, the campus
  accommodates a student body that numbers approximately 200; and
         WHEREAS, While guiding the development of Dallas Academy,
  Mr. Richardson has had the joy of watching its students, many of
  whom had struggled in public schools, gain newfound confidence and
  achieve success in their course work and activities; during his
  tenure, the academy's football team won its first state title, its
  yearbook, The Legend, received national recognition, and
  performing arts students staged the first annual holiday musical;
         WHEREAS, Born and raised in Wichita Falls, Jim Richardson was
  inspired to pursue his calling after witnessing the compassion and
  commitment of his mother, who taught students with special needs;
  he worked as a teacher and administrator at Skyline High School from
  1975 to 1983 before being recruited as headmaster of Dallas
  Academy; retirement will afford him the opportunity to spend more
  time with his treasured family, which includes his wife, Meg, his
  daughter, Meghan, his son-in-law, Ken, and his three grandsons; and
         WHEREAS, Revered for his passion and enthusiasm, Jim
  Richardson has made a transformative impact through his work as
  headmaster that will shape the future of Dallas Academy for years to
  come, and he departs from his post with the admiration of his
  colleagues and the gratitude of countless students and families;
  now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 85th Texas
  Legislature hereby honor Jim Richardson on his retirement as
  headmaster of Dallas Academy and extend to him sincere best wishes
  for the future; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Mr. Richardson as an expression of high regard by the
  Texas House of Representatives.