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  • back to school - August 20 first day of school
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  • Link to TRE 2018 Website
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News and Announcements

RISD Posts a B, Overall Score of 88, on New A-F Accountability Ratings
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has released 2018 accountability ratings under its new A-F letter grade rating system and Richardson ISD posted a B with an overall score of 88. 2018 ratings for schools remain either Met Standard or Improvement Required. Among RISD schools, 50 of 52 eligible campuses received a rating of Met Standard, and two received a rating of Improvement Required. In January, TEA will release school letter ratings.

This latest state accountability system—which was introduced by lawmakers in 2015—was designed to grade district and campus performance in a way similar to the marks received on student report cards. While its A-F structure made significant changes to the Texas Education Agency’s assessment process, scoring remains heavily based on student performance on the state’s standardized STAAR test.

“Regardless of ratings, we want to keep the intended purpose of the accountability system in mind as a tool that educators can use to improve student achievement,” said RISD Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone. “As we do each year, the system will be used to help us identify areas in which we’re doing well and also opportunities for improvement. It’s important to remember that almost all of the data used to determine ratings comes from a single assessment instrument, which obviously can’t capture the complete picture of how a child is learning and growing. We will continue to focus on teaching and evaluating all students throughout the school year and keeping the STAAR test, and the ratings that primarily result from it, in perspective.”

- View 2018 school ratings and scores
- Read the full story at the RISD News Desk


Trustees Begin Process to Change Election Date
As part of the previously announced decision to change the date of the tax ratification election to November 6, Board members took the first steps in that process on August 6 by voting to repeal the previously adopted tax rate and rescind the September 4 election date.

The next steps in the process will include an August 20 public hearing on the tax rate, adoption of the new tax rate, and adoption of the amended and restated order calling for the tax ratification election on November 6.

Learn more about the decision to change the election date to November 6


RISD's Craig Sandy, Region 10 Teacher of the YearRISD's Craig Sandy Named Region 10 Teacher of the Year
Richardson ISD’s Craig Sandy has been named the Texas Education Agency Region 10 Elementary Teacher of the Year. Sandy, a Physical Education teacher at Richardson Heights Elementary, was eligible for the honor after being named 2017 RISD Elementary Teacher of the Year.

“This is such an honor,” Sandy said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to represent RISD through this award. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with kids every day. And I am grateful to share health and fitness with them. It is something near and dear to me, and a lot of fun to keep kids active and health conscious."

Read the full story at the RISD News Desk


Principals of the Year Bill Gallo and Mary Kellagher2018 RISD Principals of the Year
Two principals have been recognized by Atmos Energy, Sterling National Financial Group, and the RISD Excellence in Education Foundation as RISD’s 2018 Principals of the Year.

Bill Gallo of Memorial Park Academy and Mary Kellagher of Northlake Elementary were named recipients at the secondary and elementary level.

Read the full story at the RISD News Desk


Calendar Change: November 6 is Now a Student Holiday. October 5 Holiday Unchanged.
Due to the security risks associated with RISD schools holding a normal operating day while serving as polling locations on the November 6, 2018 general election day, the district’s 2018-19 calendar is being changed so that Election Day is a student holiday/staff development day. With the change, RISD’s 2018-19 student academic calendar is still compliant with state requirements, and October 5 will remain a student holiday/staff development day as originally scheduled.

The change is being made as a precaution due to the thousands of unregistered visitors who gain access to RISD schools serving as voting locations on Election Day. Because staff members and some daytime care students will still be in schools on Nov. 6, RISD will continue to take additional safety precautions to isolate voting areas from the rest of the campus and monitor visitors.

A district child care option through the xPlore! program is available to families for November 6. Families interested in RISD’s xPlore! child care program on November 6 or other 2018-19 student holidays can learn more and sign up here.

See the updated 2018-2019 Student Academic Calendar


Elementary Enrollment Opens August 7
Enrollment opens on August 7 for elementary families who didn't enroll in the spring or moved into the district over the summer. Parents should enroll students at their neighborhood elementary school during normal office hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Due to high enrollment, parents are strongly encouraged to enroll early and not wait until the first day of school on August 20.

Parents of secondary students in grades 7-12 should contact their attendance area junior high or high school for information about enrollment.

- What's needed to enroll a student?
- Search for attendance area school by address


RISD Trustees to Move TRE Election to November
At its called meeting July 13, RISD Trustees agreed to move the previously-called tax ratification election date from September 4 to the general election date of November 6. Based on feedback from community members, trustees made the decision to provide more time for voters to become informed about the reasons for the TRE and also encourage the higher voter participation that comes with a general election. In addition, the move is expected to save RISD a significant cost compared to the cost of a September election.

“While we had sound reasons for initially calling a September 4 election to more quickly provide resources for our teachers and students, moving it will allow for maximum engagement and transparency with our community,” said RISD Board President Justin Bono.

In making the recommendation to the Board, RISD Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone shared that “the district has heard from our business community and individual taxpayers that more time is needed, and this decision is about being responsive to that feedback.”

- Learn more about the TRE
- Learn more about the July 13 meeting, including video


2018-2019 Budget Adopted
RISD conducted a public hearing the evening of June 21 and Board members then formally adopted the district's 2018-2019 budget.

Previously, on June 4, Trustees reached consensus on 2018-2019 expenditures, and on June 6 formally adopted the 2018-2019 tax rate. This triggered a tax ratification election (TRE) asking RISD voters to approve a 13-cent increase to the operating tax rate.

- Learn more about the TRE
- Learn more about the June 21 meeting, including video
- Learn more about RISD's Budget Planning


Students posing for photoRISD Students Graduate with Job Skills and Independence
Project SEARCH prepares young adults with special needs for success in integrated and competitive employment. This unique high school transition program provides job training and education, as well as the tools necessary for independent living.

Read more about Project SEARCH


Board Informally Agrees on Operating Budget
At its Monday, June 4 regular meeting, RISD trustees informally agreed to 2018-19 operating budget expenditures of $340 million. RISD's longtime $1.04 operating tax rate is projected to generate $317 million in 2018-19, $23 million less than proposed expenditures.

The Board's agreement set the stage for a meeting and tax rate hearing on Wednesday, June 6, at which the Board adopted an increased 2018-19 operating tax rate that would generate the revenue needed to support the operating expenditures and priority initiatives.

Read more on the RISD Budget Planning Page


Board Discusses 2019-2020 Student Academic Calendar
At their June 4 Board meeting, RISD Trustees discussed staff and parent feedback so far related to  the two options for RISD's 2019-2020 student Academic Calendar (please note that the 2018-19 calendar has already been approved for the upcoming school year).

As of June 4, 63% of feedback has favored Option B, and 37% of feedback has favored Option A.

A committee of parents and staff members worked to develop two calendar options for stakeholders and the Board to consider, the primary difference being the start and end dates.

Option A would begin the school year on Monday, August 19, 2019 and conclude on Thursday, May 28, 2020. View calendar Option A.

Option B would begin the school year on Thursday, August 15, 2019 and conclude on Friday, May 22, 2020. This option would begin two instructional days earlier than Option A. View calendar Option B.

The earlier start date in Option B was proposed by the committee in order to:

  • Provide an option for parents and staff who have requested it.
  • Balance instructional days between both semesters to ensure teachers of single semester courses have enough time to cover their material in the first semester.
  • Provide some additional time for staff to prepare for summer school programs after the end of the school year. Under the current calendar, summer school teachers and staff have one working day to prepare for state-required summer programs after the school year concludes.

Option A more closely reflects the calendar that RISD has adopted in recent years.

Parents and staff feedback on both calendar options continues to be welcome. Stakeholders can email or call 469-593-0301.

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August 20
- First day of classes for 2018-19 School Year
- Board Work Session
- Public Hearing on 2018-19 Budget & Tax Rate
  6:00 p.m. | RISD Administration Bldg.
September 3
- Labor Day: Student and Staff Holiday
September 10
- Regular Board Meeting
September 19
- Schools release two hours early
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