WEEKEND ROUNDUP: 12 stories from Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto ISDs

Round Rock ISD teachers remain in the dark as to whether they will receive a raise next year, due to board inaction on April 16 and again on May 7. (Photo courtesy Round Rock ISD)
Round Rock ISD teachers remain in the dark as to whether they will receive a raise next year, due to board inaction on April 16 and again on May 7. (Photo courtesy Round Rock ISD)

Round Rock ISD teachers remain in the dark as to whether they will receive a raise next year, due to board inaction on April 16 and again on May 7. (Photo courtesy Round Rock ISD)

Read the latest news from Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto ISDs.

ROUND ROCK ISD

DELAYED AGAIN: Round Rock ISD board fails to vote on 2020-21 compensation plan for second time


Following a five-and-a-half-hour meeting, the Round Rock ISD board of trustees delayed for a second time a decision to adopt a compensation plan for the 2020-21 academic year.

Round Rock Express to celebrate RRISD class of 2020 with personalized messages on Dell Diamond marquee



It is the final inning for Round Rock ISD's class of 2020, and the Round Rock Express will honor their achievements with personalized messages at Dell Diamond, the team announced May 6. The Round Rock Express, in partnership with Dell Technologies, will display names, photos and messages to graduates on Dell Diamond's marquee along Hwy. 79.

Round Rock ISD to host virtual job fair for 2020-21 academic year open positions

Round Rock ISD is set to a host a virtual teacher job fair for its open positions for the 2020-21 academic year, according to a May 6 district newsletter. The virtual fair is scheduled for May 14 from 9 a.m.-noon.

Round Rock ISD distributes 5,200 meals per day, total of 12,000 laptops since spring break

As 51,000 students across Round Rock ISD complete their spring semester from home, district staff continues to provide meals and technology such as laptops and WiFi hotspots.

8 things Round Rock ISD seniors need to know about 2020 graduation

While Round Rock ISD’s class of 2020 has had an unprecedented end to their senior year, virtual graduations and in-person commencement walks are just around the corner. Here are eight things every RRISD senior needs to know.

What’s next for learning? Round Rock ISD preps summer, fall curriculums

After the spring semester was upended by the coronavirus pandemic, Round Rock ISD district staff is looking toward summer and fall curriculum options to keep students engaged.

Round Rock ISD class of 2020 seniors to receive May in-person commencement walk

Round Rock ISD's class of 2020 seniors will get the opportunity to walk across the stage in an in-person commencement ceremony, the district announced in a news release. The commencement walk will be held at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex from May 18-23, with a designated day per high school, according to the release.

VIDEO: Round Rock ISD announces class of 2020 valedictorians, salutatorians through at-home surprises

While the class of 2020 is completing its senior year online, Round Rock ISD added a personal twist to its valedictorian and salutatorian announcements.

PFLUGERVILLE ISD

6 things Pflugerville ISD’s class of 2020 needs to know ahead of graduation


While the 2019-20 academic year has taken an unprecedented turn, here are six things every Pflugerville ISD senior needs to know before graduation.

Uncharted territory: Students, educators navigate e-learning in Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto ISDs

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted everyday life for people around the world. Within the education sphere, teachers, parents and students are grappling with the uncharted landscape of e-learning, a transition that has posed its own set of challenges.

HUTTO ISD

UPDATED: 6 things every Hutto ISD senior needs to know ahead of June 2020 graduation


While seniors throughout Texas and across the country have had unexpected endings to their high school careers, graduation is just around the corner for the class of 2020. Here are six key things Hutto ISD seniors need to know.

UPDATED: Hutto High School shifts in-person graduation ceremony to June for class of 2020

Hutto High School's in-person graduation ceremony, originally scheduled for May 29, has been shifted to June due to the Texas Education Agency's May 5 guidance on outdoor graduation ceremonies, the district confirmed May 7.

Kelsey Thompson and Taylor Jackson Buchanan contributed to this report.



MOST RECENT

Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic. (Courtesy Qygen, Wikimedia Commons)
Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.

A lone runner jogs on a snow-covered road in Austin. Transportation projects across the city were briefly paused due to Winter Storm Uri. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT: Texas power system was less than 5 minutes from collapse during winter storm

ERCOT's CEO offered details into what led to the massive blackouts that left millions of Texans in the cold last week.

cars on snowy road
Texas Disaster Declaration opens door to federal aid for losses sustained during winter storms

Individuals and businesses who sustained losses during the winter storm are eligible for federal assistance, according to a Texas Disaster Declaration approved

ERCOT president and chief executive Bill Magness (left) was joined by the electric grid manager's senior director of system operations Dan Woodfin on Feb. 19 for a briefing on the company's emergency operations. (Screenshot via ERCOT livestream)
ERCOT chief: 'We are completely back to normal operations' as of Feb. 19

Officials with the Texas electric grid manager also said they are preparing for state and federal reviews of this week's power outages.

H-E-B stores across Texas have limited store hours and placed purchase limits on some high-demand products due to ongoing severe winter weather, H-E-B officials announced Feb. 19. (Courtesy H-E-B)
H-E-B, Central Market limit store hours, product purchases due to severe winter weather

H-E-B stores across Texas have limited store hours and placed purchase limits on some high-demand products due to ongoing severe winter weather, H-E-B officials announced Feb. 19.

Gov. Greg Abbott provided updates on the state's emergency response efforts during a Feb. 18 press conference. (Screenshot of April 17 press conference)
Gov. Greg Abbott: Power restored to nearly 2M homes in past day; statewide aid efforts continuing

While power generation has been restored to serve most Texas residents, Abbott said state agencies remain focused on water and food distribution Feb. 18.

Although tens of thousands of megawatts remain off the statewide power grid Feb. 17, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said relief is on the way for many Texans within the next 24 hours. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Abbott: Power restoration on the way for 1M households in next 24 hours

Although tens of thousands of megawatts remain off the statewide power grid Feb. 17, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said relief is on the way for many Texans within the next 24 hours.

Severe winter weather conditions led to outages throughout the Texas electric system this week. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
'Something that you could have planned for': How isolated Texas power grid, winter weather left millions without electricity

As of Feb. 17, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said it was still working to restore electric service to customers throughout the state.

An Austin Fire Department truck drives down Manor Road on Feb. 15. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texans urged to use caution as carbon monoxide cases increase during power outages

Carbon monoxide poisoning calls have increased as people look for ways to stay warm without power and heat.

Many in Texas are battling power outages amid frigid temperatures. (Courtesy Rico Daniels)
Gov. Greg Abbott calls for investigation of ERCOT, Texas' electric reliability council

As of 1:20 p.m., over 4 million customers were out of power, according to ERCOT.

graph showing power demand out pacing grid capacity
Texas enters second day of blackouts

Although outages were initially intended to last for less than one hour, local grid operators are reporting longer outages.