Board Discusses 2016 Bond Possibilities, Scenarios

At their September 21 meeting, RISD trustees discussed possibilities and financial implications of a bond package for spring 2016. Dr. Waggoner opened the discussion with highlights of the bond process. Staff then shared an overview of the communications plan and timeliness for community engagement. Beginning in October and continuing through early December, the district’s leadership team will conduct a listening tour across RISD during which members of the public will be able to learn what types of items are being considered for the upcoming bond, and provide feedback and ideas. Meeting dates and details will be announced on the district homepage, as well as through RISD’s School Times newsletter and the district’s social media channels.

Deputy Superintendent for Finance and Support Services Tony Harkleroad then facilitated a discussion about possible items being considered for Bond 2016. Items under consideration are being slated into three general categories:

  • maintenance items, which are equipment and infrastructure items that are past or will reach the end of useful life within five years;
  • construction/capacity projects, which include additions or renovations to existing facilities, including additional space to accommodate enrollment growth;
  • enrichment possibilities, which range from major technology initiatives to new facilities for extracurricular programs.

Several financial scenarios were presented, connecting bond packages of differing dollar amounts with implications on the property tax rate and future bond possibilities.

Instructional Expectations
Trustees also heard an overview of instructional expectations from Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Dr. Jeannie Stone. Dr. Stone touched on aligning instruction with the required state curriculum, the importance of data evaluation in aiding student achievement, and ensuring that staff development for teachers is meaningful and has a direct impact on student learning.

Learn More About Sept. 21 Board Meeting


STARS Teacher Spotlight - Stephanie Miller

Click to learn about Skyview's 2015 STARS teacher of the year, Stephanie Miller

Canyon Creek - 50 Years & Going Strong

Canyon Creek Elementary recently celebrated the fabulous 50th anniversary of the opening of the school.

School friends and family came together for a parade, carnival and time capsule burial. A bench was also dedicated to "Mr. Norm" (crossing guard Norman Gaut), who has been keeping walkers safe for the last 23 years.

Past principals, faculty members and CCE alums joined students and staff to celebrate the last 50 years and look forward to the next half century.

National Mark of Excellence!

Congratulations to three outstanding RISD fine arts groups for earning national distinction in the 2015 Mark of Excellence Concert Series from the Foundation for Music Education.

Apollo JH Symphonic Band I, Andrew Weak, Director - National Wind Band Honors Commended Winner
Pearce HS Wind Symphony, Joshua Blankenship, Director - Citation of Excellence Commended Winner
Richardson HS Wind Symphony, Jesus Marquez, Director - National Wind Band Honors Commended Winner


Apollo JH Symphonic Band

Pearce HS Wind Symphony

Richardson HS Wind Symphony

Preventing the Summer Slide

Bowie Elementary students read over 23,000 books this past summer to avoid the dreaded "summer reading slide" that can occur when students stop reading regularly over the summer break.

A whopping 439 students (75% of the school) turned in summer reading logs, and they recently celebrated with a Pop Picnic, featuring a DJ spinning pop tunes and popsicles from the PTA.

Great job Bowie students!

Partner's Corner

Thank you to local employees of Expedia, a Dover Elementary Partner, for collecting school supplies for students.

District Calendar

  • October 5 - Regular Board Meeting
  • October 12 - Fair Day - Student Holiday
  • October 12 - Staff Development Day
  • October 19 - Board Study Session

Coming Up

  • LHHS Highlandettes Night in Italy - Sept. 26
  • RHS Band Annual 5K March-a-thon - Sept. 26
  • Parent Education - Understanding the ARD/IEP Process - Sept. 29
  • RHS Orchestra Chipotle Night - October 5
  • HPPM 40th Anniversary Celebration - October 22
  • LHHS Espree October Events
  • Northwood Hills Light the Night Walk

Focus Parent Portal Accounts Now Available

Focus Parent Portal Accounts Now Available
Parents are now able to create accounts to see their child’s grade and attendance information through RISD’s new student information system called Focus. Parents will need to know their child’s identification information in order to sign up.

Learn more & create a parent account

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