Almost Ready!

Group photo of additional classrooms at Prairie Creek Elementary

The additional classrooms at Prairie Creek Elementary are almost complete, and will be ready for students when school resumes on August 22.

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Board Discusses Budget, Growth, Approves Bonds

The RISD Board of Trustees met on June 13 for a regular meeting, discussing a range of topics.

Bond Issuance & Refunding
The Board voted to refund $12.38 million in outstanding debt to take advantage of lower interest rates. Similar to a homeowner refinancing a mortgage at a lower rate, the action will not increase the maturity date of the bonds, and is projected to save approximately $1.7 million in interest costs. Trustees also voted to authorize the issuance of up to $84 million in bonds to fund year one expenditures of Bond 2016. Major items or projects expected to be purchased or started in year one include:

  • Renovations & construction at Aikin, Prestonwood and Yale elementary schools
  • Classroom additions at Mark Twain and Northwood Hills elementary schools
  • Land acquisition
  • Instructional materials
  • First stage of computers/technology devices/peripherals & software refresh
  • Security cameras
  • Electrical, plumbing, paving, and HVAC replacement
  • Baseball/softball field upgrades & playground equipment

Enrollment Growth
The Board discussed the configuration and site of the planned new school to accommodate overcrowding at White Rock Elementary as part of the first phase of the plan to address enrollment growth in the Lake Highlands area. Trustees shared feedback received from community members in Lake Highlands, both in and beyond the WRE zone. Additional information was requested from staff, and a decision on the configuration of the new school is expected at the next Board meeting on June 20.

2016-17 Operating Budget
Staff revisited proposed expenditures in the 2016-17 operating budget, which prioritizes core instruction and staff retention. There have been no changes to the proposed budget since it was originally discussed at the April 4 meeting. The proposed budget would provide for a 3% raise for teachers and staff and fund 34 additional teaching allocations to support students.

RISD's operating tax rate would remain at $1.04, which is at its lowest level since 1992. RISD would also remain one of the few remaining school districts in the area to offer residents a local optional homestead exemption.

Staff shared that, due to a combination of differences under the Texas school finance system, RISD's lower operating tax rate and local optional homestead exemption, the district receives significantly less funding per student than some neighboring districts it competes against for staff. For example, Plano ISD, with an operating tax rate of $1.17 and no local optional homestead exemption, receives approximately $1,200 more per student than RISD. Trustees and staff discussed that an operating tax rate increase may eventually be evaluated in order to remain competitive with teacher and staff salaries.

Learn more about the June 13 Regular Meeting, including video

Summer Programs

Summer is here, but the learning hasn't stopped. Thousands of students are participating in a variety of summer programs at sites around RISD. Below, junior high students at the Ignite Summer Program test boat designs for buoyancy & propulsion.

Students working on a project

Summer Hours

RISD administrative offices are operating on an adjusted summer schedule through July 31, open Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30 am – 5 pm, and closed Fridays. In addition, most RISD administrative offices will be closed for two weeks from June 27 – July 8.

Beginning August 1, RISD central offices will resume a normal schedule of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Elementary schools will reopen for enrollment on August 9.

Link to upcoming events

District Calendar

  • June 20 - Board Study Session
  • August 1 - Regular Board Meeting
  • August 15 - Board Study Session
  • August 22 - First Day of 2016-17 School Year

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Summer Camps

RISD's Summer Camp page lists district- or school-affiliated summer camp offerings, including opportunities from RISD partner organizations.

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2016-17 Student Academic Calendar Now Available

Link to academic calendar