As Round Rock ISD continues its budget-making process for the upcoming fiscal year, district administrators have reduced a projected shortfall right under $30 million to about $20 million by identifying efficiencies in district operations.

The district is seeking additional efficiencies to further reduce this shortfall by the time the board of trustees will approve a final budget in June, administrators say.

What you need to know

In a budget update presented to the board of trustees May 2, RRISD Chief Financial Officer Dennis Covington said district administrators have worked with campus and community leaders to identify where strategic cuts can be made to reduce the shortfall without impacting classroom instruction.

Covington and Superintendent Hafedh Azaiez have stated some positions may be eliminated, and employees may be reassigned as needed, but administrators are working to ensure no employees are let go as a result of these budget-related adjustments.

The details

Covington said the projected shortfall for fiscal year 2024-25 could be further reduced if the district's enrollment were to increase:
  • If the district's enrollment were to reach 46,750, the shortfall could be lowered to $18.5 million.
  • If the district's enrollment were to reach 47,000, the shortfall could be lowered to $16.8 million.
The board of trustees has also approved a retention bonus for employees tied to enrollment increases.

What's next?

Administrators will continue to seek additional efficiencies in the district's operating budget as well as present updates to the board of trustees as they continue to work through the budgetary process. The board is set to vote on a final budget proposal at a June board meeting.