RISD School Times — June 12, 2019
Congratulations to the Class of 2019!
More than 2,200 students graduated from Richardson ISD on June 2 & 3. The Class of 2019 garnered nearly $40 million in scholarship offers, validating the district’s mission to prepare all students for success beyond high school.
RISD Board of Trustees Sets New Standard With Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Policy
The Richardson ISD Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a new policy at its June meeting as part of the district’s continuing emphasis on equity, diversity, and inclusion.
“We’ve created meaning behind the word equity in Richardson ISD,” Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone said. “It’s time to get serious and adopt a policy that goes beyond words and spurs action.”
Congrats Dr. Stone!
2019–2020 Operating Budget Close To Completion
RISD Trustees discussed specific proposals Monday evening for the 2019–20 operating budget. Continuing a process that began in January, trustees and staff have some additional clarity related to the impact on RISD and taxpayers from the recently-completed legislative session. Highlights from the discussion include:
- As a result of the legislative session, the RISD operating tax rate will be reduced from $1.17 to $1.0684
- Proposed teacher, counselor, librarian, nurse and other teacher type compensation increases between 3.5% and 5%, based on experience
- RISD is tentatively projected to receive an additional $15.6 million in state funding for 2019–20
- The average home value in RISD in 2019 is $295,189 and the tax levy on an average RISD home is expected to decrease by $157.05
- Proposed budget requests were reduced from the initial $28.7 million to $22.1 million
The Board is expected to meet for a Work Session and public hearing on the 2019–20 tax rate and budget on June 17, after which trustees will consider formal adoption of the budget.
2020–2021 Student Academic Calendar Adopted
On June 12, RISD Trustees concluded discussions about the 2020–21 Student academic Calendar with the adoption of the first of two options under consideration. Previously, the Board evaluated and discussed two options that were recommended for consideration by a group of parents, staff and community members. Feedback was then requested from RISD stakeholders,
The 2020–21 school year will begin on August 19, 2020 and conclude on May 28, 2021.
RISD Students Outperform Texas On STAAR EOCs
RISD has received performance data of students taking the STAAR End of Course exams (EOCs) in 2019.
RISD students outperformed the average scores of students across Texas on 14 of 15 state standards. RISD demographics closely mirror those of the state.
Passage of End of Course exams is required by the state in order to graduate.
Summer Sites Up and Running After Major Storm
RISD summer school progams, camps and activities were impacted this week after Sunday’s major storm knocked out power, downed trees and caused damage at many RISD schools and buildings.
RISD facilities and maintenance staff worked around the clock to make conditions safe for students to return to summer school and activities. Cleanup is now beginning at other campuses that are not hosting summer programming, and all campuses will be ready to welcome students and teachers back in August.
Time lapse video of the June 9 storm’s impact and flooding at Westwood JH
- June 17 — Board Work Session
- June 17 — Public Meeting on Budget & Tax Rate
- August 12 — Regular Board Meeting
- August 15 — First Day of 2019–20 School Year
2018–19 Individual Student STAAR Results
Individual student results are now available for the first administration of the 5th & 8th grade Texas Math & Reading STAAR assessments. Parents may access individual student STAAR results through the Focus student information system. Individual student results of STAAR tests in other grades and subjects are expected between May 30 and June 12.
Parents without access to the Internet may contact their child’s school for a paper copy of individual student STAAR results.
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From time to time, students, parents, residents or taxpayers have questions about information or issues related to RISD, but aren’t sure who to ask or where to go for information. We’re Glad You Asked is a feature on the RISD website that lets stakeholders ask questions about anything related to RISD, and you’ll receive an emailed response from the appropriate RISD staff member. Some questions & answers may be featured in district publications.
Simply visit risd.org/gladyouasked to use this feature.
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