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New Principal Welcome Message


Sept. 29, 2023

Richland Elementary Students, Parents, and Staff,

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I introduce myself as the new principal at Richland Elementary. I am honored to be a part of this wonderful community, which comprises exceptional students, dedicated teachers, and supportive parents. I am enthusiastic about returning to Richland Elementary, where I served as an assistant principal during the 2019-2020 school year. I can’t wait to reunite with everyone and cultivate new relationships with students, staff, and the community.

My educational journey commenced in 2013, when I began as a paraprofessional at Berkner High School. I then transitioned to teaching Physical Education at Dobie Primary, while coaching football at Berkner High School. Subsequently, I served as a third-grade teacher and Special Education teacher before assuming the role of Assistant Principal. I have been an Assistant Principal for the past four years.

I grew up in the area and attended Big Springs Elementary, MST, Apollo Junior High, and Berkner High School. I went to college at Texas A&M University, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. I obtained my master’s degree in Education Administration from Lamar University.

My passion lies in fostering academic growth and helping students reach their dreams. I look forward to meeting with the Richland staff, community, and students to establish strong relationships and work together toward a bright future.


Bill Gattus
Richland Elementary

2024-25 Enrollment Now Open

2024-25 Enrollment Now Open

Whether you’re new to RISD or returning for another year of school, parents can take advantage of convenient online enrollment using a PowerSchool registration account. Enrollment for returning students will require a “snapcode” that was emailed to current parents.

UIL Competition Photo

RISD UIL A+ Academic Competition

More than 600 elementary students participated in six events: number sense, storytelling, oral reading, chess puzzle, ready writing, and creative writing.