RISD update and bond information
Richardson ISD: Teachers have received their first vaccine. Students could remove masks according to TEA, but the RISD board ruled to still have masks for rest of year. They are valuating distance needed according to CDC guidelines.
Students are 68% face to face (the rest virtual). Texas is unusual in the amount who have remained in-person instruction.
RISD $750 million bond proposal--supported by the Richardson Chamber board in vote
Based on the recommendations of a community bond steering committee, RISD trustees place two bond propositions before voters as part of the May 1 election. The total of both propositions is $750 million, the largest in RISD history. No change in the tax rate, total of $1.4047 per $100 of property value. Be aware: the actual ballot is required to say it's a tax increase, though RISD has creatively worked financials to make sure it won't.
One proposition for $694 million is for capital construction, infrastructure, repairs, safety and security, and equipment. The other proposition is for $56 million for student and staff technology.
"Our buildings are OLD," said Superintendent Jeannie Stone. "This bond can address a lot of things that have been put off being addressed, will be addressed. It will also move from a junior high model to the middle school model (6th-8th grades, along with 95% of Texas), which creates a lot of more opportunities for our students. This is really based on need."
Public forums will be conducted in person and virtually in April. More information is available here www.risd.org/bond2021