News & Announcements

Canvas is Up and Running!

We received a confirmation email from Canvas (our learning management system) that the integration was successful. All courses have been restored. Staff and students are now able to access content using Canvas. We are still inquiring on why this happened to put measures in place to ensure it doesn't happen again and/or to know how to quickly address it.

Technical Difficulties with Canvas

RCS Families,

We apologize for the frustration caused due to Canvas (our learning management system) being down for an extended period of time, especially as we approach the end of the six week grading period. This is not ideal. We want to inform you of the steps that are being taken to resolve the issue. Unfortunately, it is completely out of our control. With that being said, our team here is doing everything in our power to escalate the matter.

We do not host the Canvas server locally, so we have to wait on their technicians and/or engineers to correct issues when they arise. There are multiple levels of Canvas support. Each level of support requires a Canvas team to spend 2-4 days addressing the issue. Their initial team was not able to resolve the issue resulting in a need to escalate our case to their SIS team. Our eLearning team is in communication with their team daily (even multiple times throughout the day). Our technology team also has stepped up to help pull information from Canvas to expedite the process.

In this instance, Canvas mistakenly changed the settings of our integration and in doing so removed all the courses. They have acknowledged this mistake and are working to restore our courses to where they were before this happened.

Thank you for your continued patience with this matter.

Mrs. Dawn Sonsini, Ed.S.
Assistant Superintendent
Richmond Community Schools
300 Hub Etchison Parkway
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 973-5406
Twitter: @allin4RCSkids

Brent Baker is New Director of Student Achievement

Brent Baker has joined the Richmond Community Schools (RCS) Leadership Team as the district’s Director of Student Achievement. He succeeds Mrs. Dawn Sonsini who has been named the RCS Assistant Superintendent.

As Director of Student Achievement, Baker will oversee all initiatives that seek to improve student achievement, including seeking resources to support students, analyzing and using data to identify and remove barriers to student achievement.

RCS names two new principals

RCS is pleased to announce Steve Jones as the new principal of Charles Elementary School and Max Smith will succeed Jones as the new principal at Westview Elementary School.

Jamie Bolser announced as new Chief Human Resource Officer

Richmond Community Schools is pleased to announce that Jamie Bolser has been selected as the next Chief Human Resource Officer. Mrs. Bolser comes to RCS with over 20 years of diverse leadership experience. Mrs. Bolser was the Chief Financial Officer at Northwestern School Corporation for eight years while also serving as the president of the Howard County Council. While at Northwestern, Mrs. Bolser contributed to the success of the school corporation by balancing the budget and implementing a districtwide strategic plan that was student focused while partnering with various entities throughout the community. During her tenure as president of the County Council, Mrs. Bolser worked to improve community relationships, employee retention and recruitment, while working collectively with the various departments throughout Howard County. Under her leadership, Howard County was debt free, fiscally solvent, and created lasting partnerships with the City of Kokomo to aid in the recent $2.5 billion joint venture with Stellantis and Samsung SDI to locate the investment in Howard County. Mrs. Bolser also served two terms as the County Assessor. During her time as assessor, she was crucial in successfully negotiating a nationally recognized settlement with General Motors, Delphi and Chrysler during bankruptcy proceedings, recovering 100 percent of all taxes collected by the auto companies during a time when other states were settling for 10%.

Mrs. Bolser holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Indiana University Kokomo. After being a lifelong resident of Howard County, Mrs. Bolser along with her husband Clay Bolser, a 1994 Richmond graduate, have relocated to Richmond. "I am looking forward to joining the RCS team and the opportunity to be a part of the Richmond community. I was a lifelong resident of Howard County so the decision did not come easy. With that said, I am excited to build new relationships and my home in Richmond," Mrs. Bolser said. Clay and Jamie Bolser together have six children.

RCS Welcomes New Leadership at Dennis Middle School

Richmond Community Schools is pleased to announce that Crystal Cooper has been selected as the next principal at Dennis Middle School. She replaces Andrew Graber who relocated back to his hometown as a result of familial factors outside of his control.

Mrs. Cooper comes to Dennis Middle School from Mt. Vernon Community Schools where she had served as an assistant principal for five years. While at Mt. Vernon, Mrs. Cooper contributed to a multitude of successes that were centered around student learning. Mrs. Cooper was also able to model with fidelity Mt. Vernon’s mission, vision, and core values. She received her Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership from Ball State University and her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oakland University. Mrs. Cooper has also received numerous awards and certifications throughout her career.

Evan Grossman will be the next assistant principal at Dennis Middle School. Mr. Grossman comes to Dennis Middle School from MSD of Warren Township in Indianapolis. He received his Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership from Butler University and his Bachelor of Science from Indiana University.

Superintendent Dr. Curtis Wright stated, “We are confident that Mrs. Cooper and Mr. Grossman have the qualifications, skill sets, and experience to build up the legacy of the outgoing leadership team there at Dennis Middle School. While we wish Mr. Graber and his family the best as they address familial factors outside of their control, we stand at the ready to provide support to Mrs. Cooper, Mr. Grossman, and the entire Dennis Middle School community.”

RCS Announces New Principals at Crestdale and Starr


Richmond Community Schools is pleased to announce that Jenny Elorreaga has been selected as the next principal at Crestdale Elementary School. She replaces Elizabeth Markward, who has been announced as the new RCS Director of Exceptional Student Education.

Mrs. Elorreaga has been with RCS for 19 years. She is a 1998 alumna of Richmond High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Ball State University. She and her husband, Michael, reside in Richmond and have two children, Isabella and Ryan.

“I am looking forward to joining the Crestdale team and serving the Crestdale community as we work together to continue to provide an amazing educational experience for all,” Elorreaga said.


A veteran educator will take over leadership at Starr Elementary School. Melissa Jordan brings more than 2 decades of instruction to her role at Starr. She will replace Mallory Cameron who is relocating to Fayette County Schools.

Mrs. Jordan is a 1995 alumna of Richmond High School. She has been an instructional coach and teacher at Starr Elementary School. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from IU East. Mrs. Jordan lives in Richmond with her husband, Christopher.

Superintendent Dr. Curtis Wright stated, “As the new principals of Crestdale Elementary and Starr Elementary, Mrs. Elorreaga and Mrs. Jordan will be relentless in their pursuits to be transparent, honest, and continue the strong sense of purpose felt throughout the Richmond community.”

Elorreaga and Jordan will officially begin work in July pending RCS School Board approval.
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