Online Enrollment for Returning Students Opens February 27
On February 27, online enrollment opens for current 2016-17 Kindergarten through eleventh grade students returning for the 2017-18 school year.
Parents of current students may enroll online, or may return 2017-18 registration materials in person to their child’s school.
Online enrollment is not available for 2017-18 Kindergarteners, students new to RISD in any grade level, or magnet school students.
To enroll online, an active Focus parent account is required.
The last day to enroll online is May 19. Parents with questions about in-person enrollment should contact their child’s school.
Learn more about online enrollment
Learn more about setting up a Focus Parent account
Enrolling in person? Learn more about what documents are needed
High Schools To Implement 1:1 Devices - 24/7
Consistent with the district’s strategic vision and funded through Bond 2016, RISD staff recommended at the February 6th Board meeting a 1:1 high school initiative that would assign one Chromebook laptop computer to each RISD high school student to use 24/7, beginning next school year.
Currently, each junior high student is assigned a Chromebook for use at school, which provides students the understanding, responsibility, and personalized tools needed to expand to a 24/7 environment in high school. The recommendation comes at the request and with full support of RISD's high school principals who wanted all students to have access to learning opportunities beyond the traditional school day.
RISD is committed to an implementation that brings students access to digital resources, exceptional lessons for teachers created by district instructional staff, and the benefits of continued professional development opportunities.
As part of the high school 1:1 initiative, both students and parents will have access to specialized resources and learning opportunities to support the effort.
In alignment with current 24/7 device programs in RISD, an insurance plan will be available to parents and students which covers the cost of accidental damage and theft.
Branum Named Deputy Superintendent
RISD Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone has named Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Instruction and Operations Tabitha Branum as the new Deputy Superintendent of Richardson ISD. The deputy position had been Stone’s until the Board of Trustees named her Acting/Interim Superintendent in summer 2016.
“Mrs. Branum’s energy and expertise, leveraged more fully in the deputy role, will benefit our District as we continue to pursue our OneVision of growth for ALL students and staff,” Dr. Stone said.
A lifelong educator, Mrs. Branum sees this new opportunity as yet another way to serve the 39,272 students and more than 5,000 employees that make up RISD.
“Being chosen by Dr. Stone to support our District in this new, more broad capacity is an honor,” said Branum. “It’s energizing to be asked to serve all 54 of our campuses as we continue on our path to greatness!”
Mrs. Branum came to RISD in summer 2014 from Coppell ISD. During her time there, she served as director of social studies, language arts and instructional technology; associate principal; director of the district’s New Tech High School; and executive director of leading and learning. She began her career as a classroom teacher.
Branum is nearing completion of a doctoral degree in educational administration from Dallas Baptist University. She holds a Master of Educational Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Education, both from the University of North Texas.
Branum will begin transitioning immediately to her new role while continuing to lead secondary operations. In the coming weeks, RISD will conduct a search for Branum’s successor as assistant superintendent of secondary instruction and operations.
Calendar Approved, Election Called
At the February 6 Regular Meeting, RISD trustees discussed or took action on several topics:
2017-18 Calendar Adopted
The development of next year's academic calendar began in the Fall, and after several drafts, revisions and opportunities for parent, staff and community input, the Board adopted the 2017-18 Student Academic Calendar. Next school year will begin on August 21, 2017, and conclude on May 31, 2018. Winter break will remain consistent with recent years, including the bulk of break days before the new year.
See the 2017-18 Approved Student Academic Calendar
Board Approves Election Order for May 6
Trustees voted to call a Board of Trustee election for May 6. Three places would be on the ballot, including Places 6 and 7, currently held by incumbent Board members Dr. Kristin Kuhne and Justin Bono, respectively. Both incumbents have announced their intent to run for re-election. Also on the ballot would be a special election to fill the two unexpired years of the Place 3 term, currently held by Kris Oliver, who announced his resignation last month.
If the general or special election is uncontested, either or both could be cancelled by the Board at a future meeting in order to save RISD the approximate $200,000 cost of holding an election.
Learn more trustee election information
Bond Issuance Calendar Process
Trustees received information about the process and timeline for issuance of bonds in year two of the five-year window from 2016-2021 encompassed by Bond 2016. RISD CFO David Pate discussed the current favorable environment for interest rates and suggested that different scenarios could be pursued related to the amount of bonds issued in 2017, including scenarios of higher or lower levels of issuances.
Learn more about the bond issuance timeline and process
Special Education Staff Added
Trustees approved the expenditure of funds to add five special education staff members, including two teachers and three aides, to address needs at schools including Lake Highlands HS, and White Rock, Big Springs and O. Henry elementary schools.
Learn more about the February 6 Board meeting, including video