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Facility Approved for Expanded Non-Traditional Program

At its November 2 regular meeting, RISD trustees continued discussion and then voted 6-1 to approve construction of a building to house an expanded non-traditional program to serve high school students in all feeder patterns. RISD currently operates an evening-only non-traditional program at Christa McAuliffe Learning Center (CMLC) that has operated at full capacity since it opened in 2012. The current evening program has not been able to expand because CMLC is used to operate unrelated programs during the day.

The expanded program would serve approximately 120 students in each of morning, afternoon & early evening sessions, operating out of a building to be constructed at the current administration complex on Greenville Ave.

Serving students facing circumstances that make traditional high school programming difficult, the non-traditional program offers accelerated instruction in courses to allow students a different pathway toward graduation credit. Students at risk of dropping out or who need an accelerated pathway to graduation will benefit from the expanded non-traditional program. Examples may include students who need to work to support their family, students who have encountered health problems and have fallen behind, students who must care for a child, or students whose family, employment or military circumstances dictate a need to graduate quickly. In addition, students interested in graduating early may choose the non-traditional program.

RISD is one of the only districts of its size in Texas not currently offering students a daytime program for accelerated learning. Projected to begin operation in August of 2017, up to 500 students are expected to be served over the course of a school year in the expanded program. In the current non-traditional program, students remain enrolled at their home high school, and have the opportunity to earn a diploma from their home high school, participate in social activities like prom, and attend graduation ceremonies with their graduating class. Students participating in the non-traditional program are not able to participate in extra-curricular, athletics or fine arts activities at their home high school.

The building to accommodate the expanded non-traditional program will require approximately 1/3 of an acre. The first floor will provide classroom and support space for the program while a second floor will provide space for district teacher and staff development. The facility is projected to cost a maximum of $12.5 million, which could be reduced as the design process occurs. It will be paid for through the district’s operating budget.

As part of their enrichment clusters to expose students to different careers, Prairie Creek students recently met with Richardson Police Officer Troy Cubberly and his partner, Ringo.

District Holds Financial Accountability Hearing - Adopts CAFR

RISD held its required annual hearing on financial accountability at the regular board meeting on November 2 to share its rating under the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST). This state rating system considers a number of financial indicators to arrive at a pass/fail rating. RISD met or surpassed the criteria in all areas, earning the highest possible score and a rating of "Passed."

RISD Trustees also heard from Dan Tonn, with the accounting firm Hankins, Eastup, Deaton, Tonn & Seay, who conducted the required annual independent audit of RISD fiscal accounts. Mr. Tonn indicated RISD is in strong financial condition and found no material weaknesses in RISD's accounts. Trustees then reviewed and adopted RISD's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015.

Trustees also heard a presentation detailing steps being taken to target academic improvement at the three RISD schools that received an "Improvement Required" rating under the Texas accountability system.

Learn more about the November 2 regular meeting

LHHS Show Choir Espree recently performed at the Meyerson as part of the Bush Literacy Foundation Gala.

EiE Spirit Run is Saturday!

2016 Bond Planning Community Meetings Scheduled

RISD is continuing to evaluate potential items to include in the 2016 bond and public input is a critical part of the bond planning process. Public meetings will be held in each of RISD's four feeder patterns to present information about possible items for inclusion, solicit feedback, hear ideas and answer questions. Parents, residents and employees who are interested in the bond planning process are encouraged to attend.

  • November 30 - Pearce HS Corral - 6:30 p.m.
  • December 1 - Lake Highlands HS Library - 6:30 p.m.
  • December 2 - Berkner HS Lecture Hall - 6:30 p.m.
  • December 8 - Richardson HS Library - 6:30 p.m.

District Calendar

  • November 16 - Board Work Session
  • November 23-25 - Student Holiday/Staff Development
  • November 26-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 7 - Regular Board Meeting

Coming Up

  • LHHS Choir Deep South Burger Spirit Night - Nov. 4
  • Excellence in Education Foundation Annual Spirit Run - Nov. 7
  • PHS Band - Mattress-Palooza - Nov. 7
  • Wallace Night with the Stars - Nov. 7
  • Lecture - Careers in the Music Field - Nov. 9
  • SAGE Parent Education - ARD & 504 Process - Nov. 13
  • Movie Screening - The Big Picture - Rethinking Dyslexia - Nov. 18

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