District Honors Staff for Years of Service
At the 58th annual Richardson Education Association Board of Trustees Banquet this week, RISD employees were recognized, celebrated and thanked for years of service to the district and the students of our community. District employees with years of service ranging from 10 to 45 years were honored.
Thank you to all of RISD's valued, loyal staff members!
RISD High Schools Ranked Among Top in U.S.
All four district high schools were recently ranked among the top 7% in the United States in the recent U.S. News & World Report Best High School rankings.
Pearce HS - Top 3%
Richardson HS - Top 4%
Lake Highlands HS - Top 6%
Berkner HS - Top 7%
"We are gratified that our high schools measure up to their peers across the state and nation," said RISD Superintendent Dr. Kay Waggoner. "While this news is positive, much work remains and we are committed to continuous improvement as a district."
The rankings are based on a combination of advanced placement participation and performance, and academic performance on state assessments
Trustees Sworn In, Board Reorganizes
RISD Board of Trustees president Kim Caston and newly-elected trustees Jean Bono and Eron Linn were sworn in at the May 18 meeting. All three trustees ran unopposed in the May 9 election. Ms. Bono began a three-year term in Place 1 while Mr. Linn is completing the final unexpired year of the term in Place 5. Ms. Caston, a board member since 2007, is beginning her third full term.
After being sworn in, trustees reorganized roles within the Board for the next year. Kim Caston will serve as president, Dr. Kristin Kuhne as vice president, Kris Oliver as treasurer, and Justin Bono as secretary and TASB delegate.
Trustees also reaffirmed the district's strategic vision and mission before an informational discussion of potential priority goals for the 2015-16 school year centered on the areas of Career Technical Education, a 2016 Bond Referendum and Human Resources.
Rewarding Good Kids
For the second consecutive year, five Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet students received new bicycles, helmets and locks through the generosity of local cardiologist and cycling enthusiast Joel Roffman and Richardson Bike Mart.
The students were selected as a reward for their citizenship, grades and attendance. Thanks to Dr. Roffman for supporting these deserving HPPM students.
Legislative Update from Dr. Waggoner
The Texas Legislature moved forward on key bills this week, including the state's budget legislation.
The two legislative chambers appear to have reached a compromise on the state's budget, cutting both homeowners' and businesses' taxes by almost $3.8 billion over the next two years. The legislation also calls for a slight increase in funding per child for school districts, although there is a question of whether the additional money will outpace inflation. The bill now goes back to both the House and the Senate for vote.
CSHB 2804 would change the way student assessment and school performance evaluation occur in Texas. Instead of the current four indices used to rate schools, campuses would be rated according to five weighted domains that would move away from basing ratings primarily on tests; 55 percent of the overall rating would still be based on assessments. The bill also includes provisions to rate campuses A through F. The proposal now heads to the full Senate for consideration.
Two other bills of interest are awaiting action by Governor Abbott:
- SB 66 allows schools to implement an Epi-Pen program on each campus for students with severe allergies.
- HB 1993 allows schools to accept electronic signatures from parents, provided guardians retain the option to submit handwritten signatures.
RISD will continue to update its legislative priorities webpage through the end of the session.
Visit RISD's legislative page
Focus Coming in the Fall
RISD is in the process of implementing a new student information system called Focus for the 2015-16 school year. This extensive effort will impact parents who are accustomed to accessing their child's grade and attendance information through Star Portal, which will be discontinued and replaced by Focus to provide this function for parents.
Information about Focus account creation will be available to parents in the Fall.
Reminder - 2015 Graduation Ceremonies
2015 Graduation Ceremonies
Class of 2015 graduation ceremonies will be held June 7 and 8 at the Culwell Center in Garland.
Sunday, June 7
Berkner HS – 12:30 p.m.
Lake Highlands HS – 4:30 p.m.
Richardson HS – 8:30 p.m.
Monday, June 8
Pearce HS – 7:30 p.m.
Graduations are ticketed events, available free through the school to graduating seniors. Attendees should be aware that all bags, purses or containers brought into the Culwell Center must be clear/see through plastic.