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Slovak Named Director of Athletics 5/5/16
Slovak Photo Leslie Slovak has been named Richardson ISD’s new Director of Athletics. Ms. Slovak has been with RISD for 21 years, including the last 15 as RISD’s Assistant Director of Athletics. She began her career as a teacher and volleyball coach at Berkner High School. Ms. Slovak holds a bachelor of science from East Texas State University and holds an Athletic Administrator Certification.

She will begin transitioning to her new duties immediately.

 
 

RISD Updates Estimated Tax Rate Increase for Proposed Bond 5/4/16
Since Bond 2016 information was initially developed in 2015, the projected property tax rate increase has been reported as up to a maximum of 8 cents. Based on more current information, including higher property values and lower interest rates, RISD is updating the estimated tax rate increase associated with the proposed 2016 Bond to approximately 5 cents, which is within the initial parameters of up to an 8 cent maximum increase.

The impact of a 5 cent tax increase on residential homes in RISD at various Dallas Central Appraisal District market values includes:

Residential Home Value Annual Tax Increase
$100,000 $32.50
$220,758 $86.84
$250,000 $100.00
$400,000 $167.50


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Board Discusses Initial STAAR Scores, Model for LH Growth 5/3/16
At its May 2 regular Meeting, RISD Trustees heard a report on initial STAAR scores and reached consensus on the instructional delivery model to accommodate current and projected enrollment growth in the Lake Highlands area.

Initial STAAR Results
Staff shared initial state STAAR results with the Board from the first administration of 5th & 8th grade reading and math tests. RISD scores improved from last year in most areas while the passing standard set by the state increased. Students in 5th & 8th grade are required to pass both assessments to advance to the next grade. Students who did not pass will have another opportunity to take the assessment before the end of school. STAAR results in other grade levels are expected to be available in June.

Consensus Reached on K-6 Instructional Model to Address Growth
Trustees concluded their discussion from previous meetings about a 5th/6th grade instructional delivery model compared to RISD's current K-6 model. Dr. Stone and instructional staff shared the results of research into the instructional implications of both models, and included some additional operational considerations. The compelling instructional implication of a 5th/6th model is the addition of a transition for students within the critical window of 5th-8th grade. The research indicates that the more stability a student is provided during that age range, higher school engagement levels are realized with lower discipline rates. Based on the research, Dr. Stone recommended that a K-6 model continue to be utilized by RISD as the preferred instructional option.

Based on the instructional recommendation, the work of the Lake Highlands Reflector Committee, and parent & community feedback, the Board decided not to pursue the 5th/6th instructional model as a solution and reached consensus that only options in support of RISD's existing K-6 instructional model will be pursued to address enrollment growth. Trustees discussed the merits of constructing at least one new K-6 elementary school, adding classrooms on to existing K-6 schools, and the need to develop a long range growth/facility plan specifically in Lake Highlands.

The board will discuss the topic again at their next meeting on May 16.

Learn more about the May 2 Board meeting, including video.

 
 

Bond 2016 - Early Voting Opens Today 4/25/16
Bond 2016 Early voting has begun in RISD's 2016 bond and Board of Trustee elections. RISD residents can vote through May 3 at early voting locations throughout Dallas County.

See early voting locations.

In addition, mobile voting locations are available at ten RISD schools on specific days over the next two weeks.

See mobile voting schedule at RISD schools.

Election Day is Saturday, May 7. Residents can vote at these Election Day locations across RISD.

To learn more about Richardson ISD's proposed Bond 2016, please visit the bond information website.

 
 

Dr. Waggoner Announces Leave of Absence 4/15/16
RISD Superintendent Dr. Kay Waggoner is taking a leave of absence from the district to support family members facing significant health issues.

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Trustees Call Bond Election For May 7 2/16/16
Bond 2016 At their February 15 meeting, RISD trustees voted unanimously to call a $437.1 million bond election for May 7.

"Families are continuing to choose our community to educate their children," said Superintendent Dr. Kay Waggoner. "From the beginning of our bond planning process a year ago, we have been focused on what we believe is best for our students, and I am very comfortable that this bond package reflects that focus."

"Tonight we are asking the RISD community to continue their investment in our students to provide the tools, technology and facilities they need in order to help prepare them to be successful in their global world," said Board President Kim Caston.

The single proposition bond package is broken down into three main categories:

  • Maintenance of existing infrastructure, technology and equipment - $215.71 million
  • Construction, capacity and renovation - $107.27 million
  • Enrichments - $114.1 million

If approved by voters, the bond package would increase the debt service tax rate by an amount not to exceed 8 cents, which equates to a property tax increase of approximately $138.95 a year ($11.58 a month) for an average residential home in RISD valued at $220,758.

Because it is among the few districts to still offer taxpayers a local optional homestead exemption, RISD currently has the third lowest tax levy among the 28 school districts in Dallas and Collin counties for residential homeowners. If the bond package were approved, RISD's tax levy would remain the third lowest for residential homeowners.

RISD will hold community informational meetings in each high school feeder pattern in March & April.

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