Round Rock ISD board approves calendar for 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years

The Round Rock ISD board of trustees at its regular meeting Thursday night approved the calendar for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years.

A committee of district and campus administrators, teachers and parents designed two draft calendars. The committee was required to include 75,600 instructional minutes and chose to bank at least two days of instructional minutes in case of inclement weather days. The committee then received feedback on the two calendar options.

After receiving feedback from 3,175 people including parents, students and staff, the committee chose calendar Option 2. The calendar calls for a start date on the Thursday of the second full week in August. It will also provide for a weeklong break at Thanksgiving, two professional development/teacher workdays in October and February, an elementary conference day in October, 10 days off for winter break and a final day of instruction on the Thursday before Memorial Day. You can view the calendar here.

Because RRISD is designated as a District of Innovation, it is omitted from the state requirement to begin on the third Monday in August and may instead start as early as the second Monday in August.

The committee did not recommend any changes to the length of school days.


Retail businesses likely coming to acreage just east of Lake Pflugerville

A 4.7-acre plat of land located on the southeast corner of Weiss Lane and Jesse Bohls Road east of Lake Pflugerville has been rezoned to a retail district.

How healthy are these 5 Central Texas counties?

Williamson County ranked as one of the top counties in Texas and the top county in Central Texas when measuring length and quality of life. Travis County ranked next in the grouping.

The PfISD agreement comes as part of a yearslong initiative by Austin officials aimed at affordable early child care for Austin and Travis County residents. (Adobe Stock)
Austin officials allocate money to help underwrite Pflugerville classroom

Austin City Council on June 3 unanimously voted to send up to $16,000 to Pflugerville ISD to cover startup costs for a new pre-K classroom.