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Board Approves
2013-14 Budget
Board Place 4 Runoff –
Election Results
HB 5 Changes
EOC Retake Schedule
Judge Orders School Finance
Case Reopened in January
2013-14 New Assistant
Principal Assignments
June Spotlight on RISD
RISD Administrative Office
Summer Hours
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Board Approves 2013-14 Budget
At its June 17 meeting, the RISD Board of Trustees approved the 2013-14 budget appropriations, which will add teaching positions to manage enrollment growth and reduce class sizes, and also increase teacher and staff compensation to remain competitive with area districts. For more information, please read the June 17 edition of Board Brief. >Top
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Board Place 4 Runoff – Election Results
According to the Dallas County Board of Elections Unofficial Cumulative Election Results, in the June 15 runoff election for Place 4 on the RISD Board of Trustees, Lanet Greenhaw received 3,462 votes (75.9%) and Rachel Chumney received 1,100 votes (24.1%). For additional information, please visit the Dallas County Board of Elections website at www.dallascountyvotes.org. >Top
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HB 5 Changes EOC Retake Schedule
Changes in state law recently signed by Governor Perry (HB 5) mean that RISD students are no longer required to retake previously-scheduled End of Course exams (EOCs) in English III Reading and Writing, Chemistry, Geometry, World Geography and World History. Only students who were unsuccessful on English I (Reading or Writing), English II (Reading or Writing), Algebra I, Biology or U.S. History EOCs should retake the exam in July.

This development has also changed the previously-published July schedule of EOC retake opportunities. The new schedule is:

Monday, July 8:   English I Writing
    U.S. History (online)
   
Tuesday, July 9:   English I Reading
     
Wednesday, July 10:   English II Writing
     
Thursday, July 11:   English II Reading
    Biology
     
Friday, July 12:   Algebra I

If your student is not attending an EOC Summer Intervention Program they should pre-register using RPortal. Once logged in, click on the "July STAAR EOC Registration" link.

All EOC retake opportunities will be held at Richardson High School, 1250 Belt Line Rd. Students must arrive by 7:30am; testing will begin at 8:00 and students will not be admitted once testing has begun. Students should get a good night's sleep before each test date.

On the day of the test, be sure to bring three sharpened #2 pencils and a current school or state ID. Parents are encouraged to contact either Brandi Gipson at 469-593-3033 or Tanja Dutton at 469-593-8951 with questions. >Top

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Judge Orders School Finance Case Reopened in January
State District Judge John Dietz has ordered the Texas school finance case reopened in January to hear new evidence about any implications the legislation passed in the 83rd Texas legislative session has on the court's earlier ruling. The legislature partially restored some of the $5.4 billion in funding cuts made to school districts in 2011, and also made changes to Texas law impacting testing and graduation requirements.

RISD is one of more than 600 Texas school districts that is a plaintiff in the case. Judge Dietz ruled in February that Texas provides inadequate and inequitable funding for schools.

The additional testimony is expected to begin on January 6, 2014. >Top
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2013-14 New Assistant Principal Assignments
The following RISD assistant principals have new school assignments for the 2013-14 school year. Their new duties become effective in July.

Elementary
• Aikin Elementary – Ishii Tavarez
• Bowie Elementary – Dolores Onstott*
• Bukhair Elementary – Lyndsey Dickinson
• Forest Lane Academy – Katrina Shackelford
• Forestridge Elementary – Olivia Salinas
• Mark Twain Elementary – Lori Deckard
• Merriman Park Elementary – Jill Hemme*
• Northlake Elementary – Kijafa Tilford
• Northrich Elementary – Jerry Walker
• O. Henry Elementary – Hugo Guerra*
• Richardson Heights Elementary – Dolores Onstott*
• Stults Road Elementary – Jennie Lewis
• Skyview Elementary – Sharon Erickson

Secondary
• Apollo Junior High - Angie Lee
• Berkner High School – Morgen Crowder
• Berkner High School – Carmen Steward
• Lake Highlands High School - Joey Gonzales
• Lake Highlands High School - Sharonda Tims
• Lake Highlands Junior High - Michelle Coleman
• Lake Highlands Junior High - Ramona Powers*
• Richardson High School - Michelle King
• Richardson West Junior High – Kristy Cage

*Indicates the assistant principal is half time at one or more schools. >Top
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SPOTLIGHT ON RISD
Spotlight on RISD graphic and link to video
Please take a moment to watch the June edition of Spotlight On RISD a video highlighting news and happenings from around the district.

Click here to watch the video. >Top

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RISD Administrative office SUMMER HOURS
As a cost-savings measure, all district administrative offices will be open extended hours Monday-Thursday and closed on Fridays from June 14 to Aug. 2. Many district offices will be closed or operate with limited staff from June 27 to July 12.

Summer Administrative Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday June 10-20: 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Closed Fridays
Monday-Wednesday June 24-26: 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
June 27-July 12: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Limited Staff/Closed Fridays*
Monday-Friday July 1-5: Administration Building closed
July 4: All district offices closed
Monday-Thursday July 15-Aug. 2: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Fridays
Monday Aug. 5: Resume regular office hours to start 2013-14 school year

*Offices open with limited staff from June 27 to July 12 include Business and Financial Services, Human Resources, Insurance Services, Technology Maintenance Services, Maintenance and Operations and the RISD switchboard.

If you are unsure whether an office is open during the summer, please call the RISD switchboard at 469-593-0000 before you visit.

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