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RISD Class of 2016 Graduation - June 5 & 6 5/25/16
More than 2,000 RISD students are expected to complete their K-12 journey and begin the next phase of their lives on June 5 & 6. All four RISD high school graduations will be held at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland and will also be video streamed.

Sunday, June 5
Pearce High School – 12:30 p.m.
Berkner High School – 4:30 p.m.
Lake Highlands High School – 8:30 p.m.

Monday, June 6
Richardson High School – 7:30 p.m.

Learn more


Bond 2016 Passes, Trustee Seats Filled in May 7 Election 5/7/16
Bond 2016 Richardson ISD's $437 million bond was approved by voters, with 66.98% of those casting ballots in support. The measure will provide new classrooms to accommodate growth, replace or repair aging infrastructure, upgrade classroom technology in every RISD school, and provide equipment to offer more course options to prepare students for college and careers.

"This is a landmark day in Richardson ISD with the passage of the largest bond in our history," said Kim Caston, President of the Board of Trustees. "Today, our community voted to invest in RISD. The passing of Bond 2016 provides our District with the facilities, library enhancements, tools, and technology to prepare our students to compete and be successful in the classroom, on the stage and the field. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, our sincere appreciation to our RISD leadership team, RISD staff, the RISD Community Bond Advisory Group, our RISD parents, students, and community for their input, and all those who worked so hard to help pass this bond. We will continue to work with you to make RISD a 'Destination District.'"

Dr. Stone also thanked the numerous stakeholders who supported the measure, noting that the true winners in this election are Richardson ISD's students and teachers. "I would like to sincerely thank our parents and community for supporting students, staff and public education in RISD," said Acting Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone. "We understand the value and importance of our community's support, and on behalf of our more than 43,000 students and employees, thank you!"

Three Board of Trustee seats also were voted on in Saturday's election:

  • Kris Oliver retained his office in Place 3, defeating George Clayton.
  • Katie Patterson ran unopposed for Place 4, which was vacated by Lanet Greenhaw following 18 years of service.
  • Eron Linn retained his seat in Place 5, after drawing no opponents.
Election results are unofficial until canvassed.


Slovak Named Director of Athletics 5/5/16
Slovak Photo Leslie Slovak has been named Richardson ISD’s new Director of Athletics. Ms. Slovak has been with RISD for 21 years, including the last 15 as RISD’s Assistant Director of Athletics. She began her career as a teacher and volleyball coach at Berkner High School. Ms. Slovak holds a bachelor of science from East Texas State University and holds an Athletic Administrator Certification.

She will begin transitioning to her new duties immediately.


Board Discusses Initial STAAR Scores, Model for LH Growth 5/3/16
At its May 2 regular Meeting, RISD Trustees heard a report on initial STAAR scores and reached consensus on the instructional delivery model to accommodate current and projected enrollment growth in the Lake Highlands area.

Initial STAAR Results
Staff shared initial state STAAR results with the Board from the first administration of 5th & 8th grade reading and math tests. RISD scores improved from last year in most areas while the passing standard set by the state increased. Students in 5th & 8th grade are required to pass both assessments to advance to the next grade. Students who did not pass will have another opportunity to take the assessment before the end of school. STAAR results in other grade levels are expected to be available in June.

Consensus Reached on K-6 Instructional Model to Address Growth
Trustees concluded their discussion from previous meetings about a 5th/6th grade instructional delivery model compared to RISD's current K-6 model. Dr. Stone and instructional staff shared the results of research into the instructional implications of both models, and included some additional operational considerations. The compelling instructional implication of a 5th/6th model is the addition of a transition for students within the critical window of 5th-8th grade. The research indicates that the more stability a student is provided during that age range, higher school engagement levels are realized with lower discipline rates. Based on the research, Dr. Stone recommended that a K-6 model continue to be utilized by RISD as the preferred instructional option.

Based on the instructional recommendation, the work of the Lake Highlands Reflector Committee, and parent & community feedback, the Board decided not to pursue the 5th/6th instructional model as a solution and reached consensus that only options in support of RISD's existing K-6 instructional model will be pursued to address enrollment growth. Trustees discussed the merits of constructing at least one new K-6 elementary school, adding classrooms on to existing K-6 schools, and the need to develop a long range growth/facility plan specifically in Lake Highlands.

The board will discuss the topic again at their next meeting on May 16.

Learn more about the May 2 Board meeting, including video.

  General Calendar  
  • May
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May 2
Regular Board Meeting
May 3
Last Day for Early Voting - Learn More
May 7
Election Day - Learn More
May 16
Board Study Session
May 30
Memorial Day Holiday
May 31
Exams Week, no evening events
Visit the Academic Calendar Page
June 1-2
Exams Week, no evening events
June 2
Six Weeks Ends
June 3
Records Day
June 5
Pearce High School – 12:30 p.m.
June 5
Berkner High School – 4:30 p.m.
June 5
Lake Highlands High School – 8:30 p.m.
June 6
Richardson High School – 7:30 p.m.
June 13
Regular Board Meeting
June 20
Board Study Session
Visit the Academic Calendar Page
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