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  • Link to TRE 2018 Website
  • October is thank a principal month
  • Link to spirit run flyer
  • cowboys players visit skyview es
  • learn about important voting dates
  • Link to live wise website
  • photo of students and ACE logo read faqs
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live wise logoParent and Staff Education Night to Address Drug and Violence Prevention Oct. 23
RISD Student Services is set to share tips with parents and staff to better help with drug and violence prevention among students. Topics discussed will include things to look for with potential drug and alcohol abuse, along with dating violence. RISD Security Director La’Evening Woodard will lead the presentation at the district’s Arzell Ball Center, 410 S. Greenville Ave.

View the flyer to learn more about the event


George HademenosAn 18,000 Mile Commute
George Hademenos, a physics teacher at Richardson High School, is currently in Vietnam participating in the State Department’s flagship international educational exchange program.

Learn more at the RISD News Desk
RISD Trustees Change Date of Tax Ratification Election

At their August 20 meeting, Richardson ISD trustees voted to place a 13-cent operating tax rate increase before voters for consideration on the November 6 general election day. The move formally completes the process that trustees began in July when they announced their intention to move the TRE election date from September 4, giving the community more time to understand the reasons for the requested rate increase and enabling more voters to participate.

If successful, operating funds from the TRE would be used to provide teachers and staff a 2.5% cost of living raise, hire additional special education teachers and safety and security staff, maintain current class sizes, and prevent operating budget cuts to current programs or services. A 13-cent tax rate increase would increase property taxes on an average market value RISD home ($288,794) by $305 a year, which is $25.45 a month.

The state of Texas continues to reduce its share of funding to RISD, with additional reductions of $41.8 million projected over the next five years. Voters in two-thirds of school districts in Dallas and Collin counties have approved TREs over the last decade, including many districts that RISD competes against for teachers and staff.

RISD is holding a series of public meetings to share information about the TRE with parents, staff and community members. Each session will begin promptly with a presentation of information about the TRE by school district personnel.  During the presentation, community members will have the opportunity to submit questions. Those questions will be answered at the end of the presentation.

  • Sept. 5, 7 p.m. - Richardson YMCA
  • Sept. 12, 7 p.m. - Lake Highlands HS - "H" Auditorium
  • Sept.  17, 7 p.m. - Richardson HS - Library
  • Sept. 25, 7 p.m. - Pearce HS - Library
  • Oct. 3, 7 p.m. - Berkner HS - Lecture Hall
  • Oct. 13, 9 a.m. - RISD Administration Building
For more information about the TRE, including answers to frequently asked
questions, visit
Dr. Stone Responds to Lake Highlands’ A-F Rating Coverage
The Rest of the Story: What the Texas A-F Letter Grades Do Not Tell You

Yesterday, the Texas Education Agency released 2018 accountability ratings under its new A-F letter grade rating system. Richardson ISD posted a B with an overall score of 88, and our individual schools also received numeric grades in three domains: Student Achievement, School Progress and Closing the Gaps.

Read the full response from Dr. Stone


White Rock Elementary SchoolRISD's White Rock Elementary School Recognized Nationally
as a School of Excellence

National PTA has recognized RISD’s White Rock Elementary School and the White Rock ES PTA as a 2018–2020 School of Excellence. The National PTA’s School of Excellence program supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools. The School of Excellence program provides guidance to assist in engaging families in school decision-making, and help the campus build inclusive policies related to education, health, safety and the arts.

Read the full story at the RISD News Desk


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


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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October 23
• Live Wise Live Healthy Parent/Staff
   Education Meeting
   Arzell Ball Center 6:30 p.m.
October 24
• Schools release 2 hours early
November 3
• Spirit Run 5K Event | Click for details
   Galatyn Park, Richardson
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