Round Rock ISD has Feb. 17 deadline for May bond decision

Round Rock ISD The Round Rock ISD board of trustees, back row, from left is: Charles “Chad” Chadwell, Place 2; Mason Moses, Place 7; Terri Romere, Place 4; Paul Tisch, Place 6; front row, from left: Suzi David, Place 5; Superintendent Steve Flores; Diane Cox, Place 3; Nikki Gonzales, Place 1.[/caption]

A question for  Round Rock ISD

When is Round Rock ISD’s new high school expected to open?
The district’s sixth high school could potentially be ready in time for the 2019-20 school year.

Big decisions made in 2016

  • Trustees approved changes to attendance boundaries with several schools for the Pearson Ranch Middle School opening in August.

  • RRISD’s sixth high school will be built on Pearson Ranch Road in Austin. Construction on the 481,515-square-foot facility should begin August.

  • Trustees approved a district of Innovation Plan in October, which clears the way for RRISD to exempt itself from provisions in the Texas Education Code.

  • Round Rock Early College High School opened its program with Austin Community College on Oct. 27.

Top issues for 2017

  • Trustees have until Feb. 17 to call for a May bond election, which may include funding for a new high school and indoor swim center.

  • RRISD will likely face new attendance boundary decisions with a new high school and an anticipated 12th middle school in the works.

  • The Texas State Teachers Association has challenged RRISD’s District of Innovation plan on grounds the plan violates state education codes.

  • Trustee Terri Romere resigned her Place 4 position on the board on Jan. 4. The RRISD will address the vacancy later this month.

By Joe Warner
Joe Warner is executive editor of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor for Central Texas and senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.