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GREAT FIRST DAY
Classes began Monday at Richardson ISD's 55 schools, including the newest school, Thurgood Marshall Elementary. Close to 34,000 students arrived at campuses that included the newly-merged Arapaho Classical Magnet, which combined students from last year's Arapaho Elementary with students from last year's Classical Magnet Elementary.

In addition, students at Math/Science/Technology Magnet Elementary attended classes in a new location - the building that formerly housed Richardson Junior High, which has been undergoing retrofitting and renovation since the end of last school year.

"Overall, we feel very pleased with our first day," said RISD Superintendent Jim Nelson. "Through lots of hard work on the part of campus and facility services staff, schools were prepared, and the first day of instruction was successful as we begin what we hope is a hallmark year for Richardson ISD."

DALLAS MORNING NEWS COVERAGE UPDATE
The Dallas Morning News has given us permission to pass along this good news about their new coverage of our area. We are excited that School Briefs, school news, and high school sports will continue to be covered. We look forward to working with these professional journalists as they bring the neighborhood news to your doorstep and to your computer.

Here are two links with more detailed information. Click here to download information on Richardson zip codes being covered by the Dallas Morning News and click here for information on a planned community meeting. >Top
RICHARDSON BEST VALUE IN METROPLEX, INDEPENDENT SURVEY FINDS
The City of Richardson was recently named as the Best Value in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in a study of the top family-friendly locales in the 10 largest U.S. metro areas. Andrew Schiller, a geographer and founder of Location Inc., has created NeighborhoodScout.com, a site that lets visitors compare communities nationwide on various criteria prior to buying a home.

Using census, crime and other data, Schiller compared towns in the 10 largest metro areas nationwide based on six attributes: Good schools, low crime rates, high homeownership rates, high numbers of residents with college degrees, families with children and single-family homes. "A quality-rated public school in and of itself ... does not necessarily make it a good town or community to raise children," said Schiller. He pointed out that even though a town has great schools, it may have a higher crime rate or fewer families with children, both of which can affect quality of life, than a neighboring town with equally good schools.

High homeownership rates "represent an investment in the location by those living there," he said. Meanwhile, the number of college-educated residents is "a good indicator that the populace places a high degree of importance on education. Those parents who are educated tend to be those who work hard to promote good local schools and participate in the schools."

The Best-Value locales for families with children, in the two Texas metro areas surveyed by Schiller among the 10 largest metro areas, were Richardson, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex; and Stafford, in the Houston area.

Commenting on the study results, RISD Superintendent Jim Nelson said, "We're pleased that this national, independent study confirms what our neighborhoods already know - the Richardson community is an excellent place to raise a family.">Top
 
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