round rock isd http://kut.org en What You Need to Know About Central Texas School Bond Elections http://kut.org/post/what-you-need-know-about-central-texas-school-bond-elections <p>What should you know about Central Texas schools this election season? &nbsp;</p><p>In a word: Bonds.</p><p>Bond packages can be convoluted, making them easily misunderstood or overlooked. But bond elections have become an important source of income for area school districts as funds elsewhere shrink.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:02:02 +0000 Lynn Romero 9866 at http://kut.org What You Need to Know About Central Texas School Bond Elections Round Rock ISD Apologizes, Backs Out of Cell Tower at Elementary School http://kut.org/post/round-rock-isd-apologizes-backs-out-cell-tower-elementary-school <p>The Round Rock Independent School District is backing away from an agreement with cell phone provider AT&amp;T after parents and community members raised concerns about the construction of a cell phone tower on an elementary school campus.</p><p>According to a letter sent to parents, the district agreed to lease land to AT&amp;T to build the tower at Pond Springs Elementary School, but some parents say Monday's letter was the first time they had heard of the agreement.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:32:26 +0000 Kate McGee 9725 at http://kut.org Round Rock ISD Apologizes, Backs Out of Cell Tower at Elementary School Round Rock Schools Are Saving Big Just By Turning Off Computers http://kut.org/post/round-rock-schools-are-saving-big-just-turning-computers <p></p><p>Most computer users are familiar with sleep mode. But the Round Rock Independent School District has found the value in shutting their computers down completely.</p><p>The school district is expected to save an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.roundrockisd.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=32799&amp;pageId=2385829">estimated $251,000 annually</a>&nbsp;by using a program that automatically shuts computers down after 6 p.m. Over 30,000 desktops and laptops are automatically shut down, drastically cutting energy costs.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 19:00:00 +0000 Roy Varney 9061 at http://kut.org Round Rock Schools Are Saving Big Just By Turning Off Computers Classes Resume at McNeil, Boil Water Notice Remains in Place (Update) http://kut.org/post/classes-resume-mcneil-boil-water-notice-remains-place-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>Classes resume today at McNeil High School in the Round Rock Independent School District. But students and staff won’t be able to use drinking fountains.</p><p>That’s because the area around the school remains under a boil water notice as Austin Water Utility is making repairs to a broken water main.</p><p>Classes at McNeil were canceled yesterday because water was shut off to the school. Water is now back up and running – but it’s not safe to drink. Thu, 04 Apr 2013 12:28:37 +0000 Austin Feldman & Laura Rice 7199 at http://kut.org Classes Resume at McNeil, Boil Water Notice Remains in Place (Update) Round Rock ISD Superintendent to Retire http://kut.org/post/round-rock-isd-superintendent-retire <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Round Rock </span>ISD<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> superintendent Jesus Chavez says he will retire in December. Chavez has been superintendent of the Round Rock school district since February 2006. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">By the time he retires, Chavez will have spent almost eight years on the job. That's three years longer than the average tenure of a superintendent in towns with more than 100,000 people, according to <a href="http://www.nsba.org/Board-Leadership/Surveys/SuperintendentTenure.pdf">a study from the National School Boards Association</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 23:33:52 +0000 Nathan Bernier 6406 at http://kut.org Round Rock ISD Superintendent to Retire Beyond 'Abstinence Only:' Round Rock School Board Revisits Sex Ed (Update) http://kut.org/post/beyond-abstinence-only-round-rock-school-board-revisits-sex-ed-update <p><strong>Update</strong>: The proposal addressing sex education standards has been withdrawn from the Round Rock school board agenda, <a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local-education/sex-education-item-from-board-round-rock-school-bo/nS7Ym/">according to the <em>Austin American-Statesman</em></a>. It writes that the health advisory committee that recommended the change was improperly assembled. It's uncertain at this time when (or if) the proposal will return for consideration.</p><p><strong>Original post </strong>(11:57 a.m.): The Round Rock Independent School District’s Board of Education will be meeting tonight and <a href="http://www.roundrockisd.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=42197">sex education is on the agenda</a>.</p><p>The board will discuss an implementation plan to teach students about contraceptives, a break from current "abstinence only" standards.</p><p>The discussion started back in August when the board received the School Health Advisory Committee’s annual report that recommended contraceptives be introduced at the eighth-grade level.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.roundrockisd.org/media/BoardMeetings/Mtg11-10-2011.htm">board met again in October</a>.&nbsp;Health professionals provided the board with data that indicated the number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases is increasing in Round Rock, compared with surrounding communities.</p><p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 23:04:59 +0000 Hady Karl Mawajdeh 5644 at http://kut.org Beyond 'Abstinence Only:' Round Rock School Board Revisits Sex Ed (Update) Federal Cash Saves 140 Jobs in Round Rock ISD http://kut.org/post/federal-cash-saves-140-jobs-round-rock-isd <p>Remember a couple months ago when the Round Rock Independent School District said it was going to lay off 280 employees? That number has been cut in half, thanks to almost $6.9 million from the federal government. You can view a table of what RRISD intends to the spend the money <a href="http://www.roundrockisd.org/index.aspx?recordid=2430&amp;page=3400">on its website.</a></p> Wed, 18 May 2011 19:15:42 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1499 at http://kut.org Federal Cash Saves 140 Jobs in Round Rock ISD Round Rock ISD Lays Off 280 Employees http://kut.org/post/round-rock-isd-lays-280-employees <p>About 280 employees in the Round Rock Independent School District began learning this afternoon that they will no longer be employed next school year. RRISD is facing an estimated $60 million reduction in state funding.</p><p>Districts in Texas are required to notify contracted employees within 45 days of the end of the school year if they are losing their jobs. Austin ISD, the largest school district in Central Texas, has said it is eliminating more than 1,100 positions. RRISD is the second largest district in the region.</p> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 20:26:01 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1004 at http://kut.org Round Rock ISD Lays Off 280 Employees Top Morning Stories February 16, 2011 http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-february-16-2011 <p><strong>E</strong><strong>anes</strong><strong> ISD Parents Hear about Budget Woes</strong></p><p>One of the wealthiest school districts in Central Texas is not exempt from state budget cuts.&nbsp; Some state lawmakers delivered a reality check to more than a hundred parents&nbsp;at the Westlake Performing Arts Center last night.&nbsp; The Eanes <span class="caps">Independent School District</span> is estimating a budget deficit of $6.3 million. That’s about 10 percent of its budget. Wed, 16 Feb 2011 12:12:08 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News 804 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories February 16, 2011 Round Rock ISD Seeks Public Input on State Budget Cuts http://kut.org/post/round-rock-isd-seeks-public-input-state-budget-cuts <p>Round Rock ISD is looking to the public for some ideas on reducing its budget.</p> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 19:53:11 +0000 Brad SeungJin Ryu 801 at http://kut.org Round Rock ISD Seeks Public Input on State Budget Cuts Round Rock ISD Closes One School Due To Power Outage http://kut.org/post/round-rock-isd-closes-one-school-due-power-outage <p>Students at Westwood High School in Round Rock have been let out early today, due to the frequency of power outages.&nbsp;</p><p>In a statement, the district said most schools are experiencing some kind of outages, but they were particularly bad at Westwood.</p> Wed, 02 Feb 2011 18:17:17 +0000 Matt Largey 717 at http://kut.org Round Rock ISD Closes One School Due To Power Outage Q&A: Round Rock ISD Superintendent Jesus Chavez Talks Budget Cuts http://kut.org/post/qa-round-rock-isd-superintendent-jesus-chavez-talks-budget-cuts <p><a href="http://www.roundrockisd.org/index.aspx?page=2213">Round Rock Superintendent Jesus Chavez</a> sent <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/round-rock-isd-lose-between-47-million-and-73-million-state-cash">a letter to staff</a> yesterday warning of looming budget cuts.&nbsp; The letter estimates that RRISD, a &nbsp;school district with the state's second highest rating of "<a href="http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/cgi/sas/broker?_service=marykay&amp;_program=perfrept.perfmast.sas&amp;prgopt=2010/acct/disttabl2.sas&amp;ptype=H&amp;year4=2010&amp;search=distback&amp;year2=10&amp;topic=acct&amp;g Wed, 26 Jan 2011 23:04:28 +0000 Nathan Bernier 679 at http://kut.org Q&A: Round Rock ISD Superintendent Jesus Chavez Talks Budget Cuts Round Rock ISD To Lose Between $47 Million and $73 Million In State Cash http://kut.org/post/round-rock-isd-lose-between-47-million-and-73-million-state-cash <p>The second largest school district in Central Texas is assessing the damage it anticipates as a result of projected state cuts to education. Here's the letter Superintendent Chavez sent to employees yesterday.</p> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 15:10:52 +0000 Nathan Bernier 676 at http://kut.org Round Rock ISD To Lose Between $47 Million and $73 Million In State Cash Round Rock ISD Redraws Boundaries For New School http://kut.org/post/round-rock-isd-redraws-boundaries-new-school <p>Some kids attending elementary schools in Round Rock are supposed to leave their home school and move to other schools.</p><p>After the board meeting on Jan. 20, the Round Rock ISD Board of Trustee finally approved the Citizen’s Boundary Committee recommendation redrawing school boundaries for the district’s 32<sup>nd</sup> new elementary school.</p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 19:36:25 +0000 Brad SeungJin Ryu 672 at http://kut.org Round Rock ISD Redraws Boundaries For New School Round Rock ISD Enacts Hiring Freeze http://kut.org/post/round-rock-isd-enacts-hiring-freeze <p>The Round Rock Independent School District says it is implementing a hiring freeze in anticipation of budget cuts in the upcoming Texas legislative session.</p><p>In a <a href="http://www.roundrockisd.org/index.aspx?recordid=2244&amp;page=3400">release</a> today, Round Rock ISD Superintendent Dr. Jesús. H. Chávez said the district is reducing spending by at least five percent - or about $17 million - in preparation for the cuts in state education.</p> Thu, 06 Jan 2011 22:36:25 +0000 Matt Largey 592 at http://kut.org Round Rock ISD Enacts Hiring Freeze Round Rock Bomb Threat Came from Saudi Arabia http://kut.org/post/round-rock-bomb-threat-came-saudi-arabia <p>The Round Rock Independent School District says <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/two-round-rock-isd-schools-evacuated">a bomb threat that led to the evacuation of two schools</a> earlier this week originated in the Saudi Kingdom. Thu, 18 Nov 2010 21:46:14 +0000 Nathan Bernier 293 at http://kut.org