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  • Enjoy fall highlights and a special message from our Interim Superintendent.
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Enjoy fall highlights and a special message from our Interim Superintendent.
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Calendar Options Available – We Want to Hear From You! 12/7/16
Three options for the 2017-18 Student Academic Calendar are presented for community and staff input; each variation commences the academic year on August 21 and concludes on May 31, with the possibility of a snow make-up day on June 1. Under all options, Fair Day, a one-week break for Thanksgiving, and a minimum two-week break for the winter holiday are preserved, as in recent years. Differences between the three options and rationale include:

View Option 1

  • Closely resembles the current 2016-17 calendar
  • Professional development days are included on Oct. 6, Jan. 2 and Feb. 19.

View Option 2

  • Responds to community concerns about safety and security by excusing students for Election Day (November 7) and repurposing the day for staff development.
  • Professional development days are included on Oct. 6, Nov. 7 and Jan. 2.

View Option 3

  • Responds to community concerns about safety and security by excusing students for Election Day (November 7) and repurposing the day for staff development.
  • Professional development days are included on Nov. 7, Jan. 2 and Feb. 19.

Those with input may email risd@risd.org to share their thoughts. The Board is expected to finalize the calendar in early 2017.

Watch the Board discussion
Provide feedback on 2017-18 calendar options

 
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Board Discusses District of Innovation 12/6/16
At their December 5 regular meeting, RISD Trustees heard information related to the District of Innovation (DOI) process, which recently reached a milestone: a plan has been drafted by the 28-member DOI Committee and, in accordance with state requirements, is available for public viewing on the RISD website.

Topics addressed in the five-year plan include:

  • First Day of Instruction
  • Instructional Time for students enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten programs, college-based Dual Credit Courses, and other innovative instructional programming
  • Teacher Certification for Career and Technology Education instructors
  • Teacher Appraisal and Observation
  • Minimum Attendance for Class Credit
  • The plan will be revisited annually by the DOI Committee.

In addition to posting the draft DOI plan, the district will send the plan to the Commissioner of Education to be placed on file. During the winter, the District Planning Committee will review and vote on whether to accept the plan. Finally, the Board of Trustees will consider whether to approve the plan, which must receive a two-thirds majority vote to be adopted by RISD.

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Pate Named CFO 12/6/16
Photo of David Pate David Pate has been named Richardson ISD's new Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Pate is coming to RISD from Garland ISD, where he has served as Director of Finance since 1998. Prior to that, he was a senior audit manager at Deloitte & Touche.

A CPA, David earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from The University of Texas at Dallas. He is also a Registered Texas School Business Administrator.

He will begin his duties January 9.

 
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Community Input Sought for Superintendent Profile 11/18/16
One of the primary duties of the RISD Board of Trustees is to hire the superintendent. Since Superintendent Kay Waggoner announced her retirement in spring 2016, Dr. Jeannie Stone has served as RISD's interim superintendent.

The Board of Trustees is beginning the process of identifying RISD's next superintendent, and has drafted a preliminary profile of superintendent characteristics to use as a guide in the decision-making process. In a district serving 39,221 students at 54 schools, the superintendent role is complex and has many dimensions. The Board has selected 10 qualities as the most relevant to RISD. Before finalizing the list of characteristics, the Board invites community observations or comments. To share feedback, email boardoftrustees@risd.org by Friday, December 9; please indicate your relationship to RISD: parent, employee, or community member.

Read a message from the Board of Trustees

Review the draft superintendent characteristics

 
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District, Consultant to Work With Community to Consider Options for White Rock Growth 11/8/16
At its November 7 Regular Meeting, RISD trustees heard from Ms. Vandana Nayak, a growth planning consultant with Stantec, Inc. RISD has retained Stantec to facilitate and assess the district's planning efforts related to enrollment growth. Sandra Hayes, newly appointed RISD Assistant Superintendent of Operations, will lead the project.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone also announced that RISD was indefinitely suspending planning and work toward a new school at the White Rock Trail site.

"It's important that the White Rock community be part of the solution to address enrollment growth at White Rock Elementary," said Stone. "The site at White Rock Trail has been a divisive issue, and I'd like our focus to be on working with our community and planning consultants to identify a solution that addresses growth in a way that lets us move forward together."

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  • December
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December 5
Regular Board Meeting
December 12-16
Exam Week, No Evening Events
December 16
Grading Period Ends (35 days)
December 19-30
Winter Break
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January 2
Student Holiday/Staff Development
January 3
Second Semester Begins
January 9
Regular Board Meeting and Work Session
January 16
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
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