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RRISD Trustees approve 17-18 tax rate, recognizes business office for superior performance: The Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees approved a $1.3048 tax rate at the regular meeting Thursday night. The approved rate reflects a general operating rate of $1.04 and a $.2648 rate for debt service, a $.0277 decrease from the previous year.
“This is a team that keeps the best interests of our community at the forefront by working diligently to ensure that our students and staff have the best resources possible, and that we remain fiscally responsible to our stakeholders and taxpayers,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Flores said. “Their work, along with our Board of Trustees, will continue to serve an integral role in our progress as the Destination District for Public Schools.”
Trustees adopted a $413.7 million budget in June that included a two percent salary raise for employees.
The board also recognized the Round Rock ISD for its Superior Rating from the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST), earning a perfect score in the rating system developed by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to assess the quality of financial management.
“As a Board, we are united in our mission to provide our community with world-class educational resources while planning responsibly for the future of Round Rock ISD,” Board President Diane Cox said. “Our recognized business team allows us to do exactly that and maintain an outstanding reputation for financial management and transparency, which allows us as a Board and District to move forward with the services we offer our families.”
The FIRST rating system scores districts on 15 indicators in areas such as audit and governance disclosures; cash and investments; tax collections; fund balance; debt management; administrative costs; capital projects; and staff levels.
The District has had a long-standing reputation for superior financial performance. It is the only school district in the state of Texas to earn an AAA rating from both Fitch and Moody's. The district has maintained an AAA bond rating from Moody since 2010 and was received an AAA rating from Fitch Ratings in 2015. AAA is the highest bond rating possible which demonstrates the manner in which the district carries out its fiscal responsibilities. http://bit.ly/2ff2Gba

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RRISD Community invited to provide feedback on District Goals: The Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees invites the community to provide their feedback and suggestions on District Goals by filling out this survey. The survey is designed to collect feedback on current community needs and priorities and assist the Board of Trustees in evaluating current District Goals, detailed in RRISD's Strategic Plan, and update as deemed necessary.
The survey is expected to take five to ten minutes to complete and will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 1.
Take the survey here. http://bit.ly/2f6qn5u

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Superintendent's Message: Round Rock ISD stands with our Texas Family: Dear Round Rock ISD Family,
This past weekend, Hurricane Harvey impacted the lives of millions of our fellow Texans with many experiencing extreme loss and devastation. Our heart goes out to all families impacted, and as a community, it's important that right now, we come together to help our fellow Texans in their time of need.
The Round Rock ISD administrative offices, RRISD Council of PTAs, the PIE Foundation and the Board of Trustees are accepting new underwear, socks and toiletry donations to be distributed to disaster relief organizations. Donations can be brought to the front of the Round Rock ISD Administrative Office located at 1311 Round Rock Ave. in Round Rock. There will also be collection bins available during Varsity Football games through the end of September.
Our campuses have also done an amazing job of showing their support, and many have come together to collect goods and monetary donations to help support families across our state. We also have the additional opportunity to stand, as one District family, and help our fellow Texans in a few different ways.
Stay connected –

Check your child's campus web page and social media pages for information on how you can donate.
A list of campus efforts can also be found here.

Other ways to donate –

Visit the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund website to support a classroom in a community affected by the storm.
Visit the Red Cross website, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999.
Visit the Salvation Army website or text STORM to 51555.
Visit the Hurricane Harvey Relief fund website to support Houston's flood victims.

Volunteer Locally –

Volunteers opportunities for Austin Disaster Relief Network are available.
Volunteer opportunities are also available through GivePulse.

I encourage you to help any way you can. It is these tough times that will show the nation and the world what the true spirit of Texas is.
Round Rock ISD stands ready to help our fellow Texans and all Americans in the event of natural disasters. We thank you in advance for joining our efforts to help families in need, and together we can help make a difference in relief efforts.
Respectfully,
Steve Flores, Ph.D.
Round Rock ISD Superintendent of Schools http://bit.ly/2xzCjED

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Round Rock ISD delays classes for all schools by two hours on 8/28/17: Due to uncertain inclement weather conditions from Hurricane Harvey, Round Rock ISD has delayed classes for all schools by two hours on August 28, 2017. All schools will begin classes two hours late tomorrow and all buses will also run 2 hours late.
All before school hour activities have also been canceled. We ask that all practice caution while making their way to school and work.
Start times will be as follows:

Elementary School Start Time – 9:40 a.m.
Middle School Start Time – 10:20 a.m.
High School Start Time – 11:05 a.m.
Pre-K – AM – 9:40 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Pre-K – PM – 12:15 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.
PPCD – AM – 9:40 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
PPCD – PM- 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Parents, guardians, staff and community members are encouraged to check the district's web site, the RRISD Twitter account or the District's Facebook page for updates and additional information. The district may communicate directly through voice messaging, when necessary, to parents, staff and community members registered to receive messaging if any significant additional changes occur. http://bit.ly/2iBuydZ

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RRISD names Rebekah Van Ryn C.D. Fulkes Middle School principal: Round Rock ISD has named Rebekah Van Ryn the new principal of C.D. Fulkes Middle School.
Van Ryn has 20 years of experience in education and most recently served as the Interim Principal of Murchison Middle School, located in Austin, and as a district administrative supervisor in Austin ISD. She also served in the roles of assistant principal at secondary campuses in both Austin and Pflugerville ISDs, an instructional administrator at Austin High School and as the dean of instruction at Vista Ridge High School in Cedar Park.
“We are excited to have Rebekah Van Ryn join our Round Rock ISD family as the new principal of C.D. Fulkes Middle School,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Flores said. “She has a longstanding reputation for outstanding administrative leadership and we are confident that her leadership skills, passion for students and ability to connect with others will serve the C.D. Fulkes community incredibly well.”
Van Ryn earned her Master's in Educational Administration and Bachelor's in History from the University of Texas at Austin.
“I am honored for the opportunity to serve the Round Rock ISD community as the C.D. Fulkes Middle School principal,” Van Ryn said. “I look forward to meeting the students, staff, parents and community members of C.D. Fulkes and working together to create the best learning environment possible and help every student find success.”
C.D. Fulkes Middle School, located at 300 W. Anderson Ave. in Round Rock, serves 672 students in sixth through eighth grade. http://bit.ly/2imllGa

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Round Rock ISD names Matt Groff Round Rock High School principal: Round Rock ISD has named Matt Groff the new principal of Round Rock High School.
Groff has worked in RRISD for 15 years and most recently served Cedar Valley Middle School as principal since 2011. He previously served Westwood High School and Cedar Valley as an assistant principal and Karnes ISD and Leander ISD as a teacher. He has 20 years of experience in education.
“Matt Groff is an excellent educational leader with a longstanding reputation of advocating for student success and building positive relationships with his campus community,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Flores said. “I am confident that his leadership will have a positive impact on the Round Rock High School community of achievement and he will continue to further build connections and develop strong relationships with students, staff, and parents.”
Groff earned his Master's of Science in Secondary Education from Texas State University and his Bachelor's degree in Science from Sam Houston University.
“I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve the Round Rock High School community as its new principal,” Groff said. “Although it is bittersweet to leave the Cedar Valley community, I am excited for the opportunity to serve one of the best high schools in the state and continue to serve many Cedar Valley students as they enter Round Rock High School.”
Retired principal Shelly Hohmann will serve as interim principal of Cedar Valley until a permanent replacement is named. Hohmann previously served as the principal of Caraway Elementary School and has 31 years of experience in the District.
Round Rock High School, located at 201 Deep Wood Dr. in Round Rock, serves 3,119 students in ninth through 12th grade. http://bit.ly/2fT4LNq

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72 Teachers Complete RRISD, Round Rock Chamber Externship Program: Round Rock ISD secondary teachers, counselors and administrators celebrated the completion of the third summer Externship program on August 9.
The program is the result of the collaboration between the Round Rock ISD Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department and the Round Rock Chamber. RRISD and the Chamber pair businesses and educators based on the teacher's subject matter. Once the match is established and customized, the company hosts the educator on site for three days. This experience provides teachers the opportunity to gain insight and stay current in their respective fields. At the conclusion of the program, teachers return to their campuses to train their colleagues and integrate new learning into their instruction.
“The benefits of RRISD partnering with local businesses are mutually beneficial,” Director of Career and Technical Education Sheri Bonds said.“”It allows all secondary teachers who participate in the program the opportunity to stay current and graduate students who are ready for today's workforce.”
The Round Rock Chamber was recognized as an advocate for public schools at the state level by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Stand Up for Texas Public Schools program. The Chamber was celebrated for their efforts to partner with RRISD and enhance CTE education districtwide.
“There is no doubt that the externship program is of value to the business community and educators,” said Amy Mizcles, Round Rock Chamber vice president of community enhancement. The program is an excellent opportunity to build a bridge between the business community and our schools. The real winners, however, are the children and youth. As educators bring their externship experience to the classroom via lesson plans, it is their students who will reap the benefits of the program.”
Round Rock ISD would like to thank the following businesses in Round Rock, Austin, Cedar Park, Georgetown and Buda for hosting our educators and for their support of Round Rock ISD:
4Reelz
A+ Federal Credit Union
ACC Round Rock
ArtSpace
Balcones Country Club
Baylor Scott & White
BLGY Architecture
City of Round Rock
Community Impact
DHL Analytical
Down Home Ranch
Department of Public Safety
EA Games
EIX Systems
Epicor
Georgetown Palace
Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth, Renewals
Hot Dog Marketing
IBM Design Group
Insys Therapeutics
Junior Achievement
KVUE
One Voice Communications
Penfold Theater
RBank
Round Rock Chamber
Round Rock Express
Round Rock Police Department
Round Rock Serving Center
Samsung
Senator Charles Schwertner's Office
Representative Larry Gonzalez' Office
Southwestern University
St. David's Hospital
Stantec
Taylor Housing Authority
Texas A&M Round Rock
Texas Baptist Children's Home
Texas Heat Training
Texas Museum of Science & Technology
Texas Tribune
Typhoon Texas
Univision
University of Texas – Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering Dept.
University of Texas – Butler School of Music
Volatile Analysis Corp
Williamson Museum
Zach Scott Theatre http://bit.ly/2i7oM3r

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Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores names LaCoste-Caputo Executive Director of Communications and Community Relations: Jenny LaCoste-Caputo has been named Round Rock Independent School District's Executive Director of Communications and Community Relations.
LaCoste-Caputo spent the past five years leading The University of Texas System's Office of Media Relations and Communications, coordinating media efforts and providing strategic communication guidance, as well as working closely with UT System's creative team on digital and marketing efforts to build the UT brand and keep constituents informed.
A career journalist who spent more than a decade writing about education policy and practices, garnering state, national and international awards, LaCoste-Caputo also served as the Texas Association of School Administrators' (TASA) founding director of communications and media relations, amplifying the voice of Texas school superintendents to the Texas Legislature and across the state and promoting TASA as a major contributor to the national discourse on public education.
She designed and launched the “Make Education a Priority” campaign in 2011, in partnership with the Texas Association of School Boards, earning the Texas School Public Relations Association's highest honor, the Platinum Award, in 2012.
“Jenny has gained a reputation across the state of Texas as an outstanding communicator with a deep understanding of the issues facing public education,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Flores said. “Her extensive experience in media relations coupled with her passion for advocating for public education make her an excellent fit for Round Rock ISD.”
LaCoste-Caputo spent six years at the San Antonio Express-News as a senior education writer and editor. She won several state and national awards for her education coverage in Texas and, in 2010 as the publication's only writing editor, she earned the Inter American Press Association's Human Rights and Community Service Award for a year-long series on refugee children adapting to the American public school setting.
More recently, she spearheaded communications efforts for the creation of the UT System's newest institution – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
“The last five years have been a phenomenal experience working for what I believe is the nation's greatest public institution of higher education, but, as anyone who knows me will tell you, my heart is in PreK-12 education,” LaCoste-Caputo said. “I could not be more thrilled to join such a stellar, dynamic school district and do my part to serve the students, teachers, principals and parents of Round Rock ISD. Nothing is more important to the future of our country than the quality of our public schools, and I am proud and humbled to serve the people that serve our students.”
LaCoste-Caputo holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in history with an emphasis in journalism from the University of Maryland. http://bit.ly/2v3BZM4

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Board appoints Stuart Selvaggi as new Trustee: The Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees has appointed Stuart Selvaggi as the new Trustee for Place 6 during a called Board meeting on Aug. 14.
Selvaggi, who works in real estate services, has been an active member of the Round Rock ISD PTA for 11 years and is a graduate of Westwood High School. He is also a member of the Forest North Elementary WATCH D.O.G.S. program and National Eagle Scout Association. His leadership philosophy as a Board of Trustee will be to always focus on what is best for students and to provide a unique perspective as a Round Rock ISD graduate and parent of three, he said.
“I want to thank the Board of Trustees for the opportunity to serve the Round Rock ISD community and its students, teachers and staff members,” Selvaggi said. “I look forward to serving our community as a Trustee, sharing my passion for education and helping our District move forward and provide a quality education to all students.”
To solidify his appointment to the Board of Trustees, Selvaggi was officially sworn in as a Board member during the workshop and immediately began duties as a Trustee.
“Stuart brings immense knowledge of our District, passion, and dedication to the Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees,” Board President Diane Cox said. “We welcome him as a Board member and look forward to working with him to further align our District goals to best meet our student's needs.”
Selvaggi was selected after an interview and application process that took place from June 21 to July 26. The process was called on June 20 after Trustees selected to go through the appointment process.
The replacement follows the resignation of Trustee Paul Tisch, who served two terms on the board. http://bit.ly/2i1YY8Q

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Superintendent announces Area Superintendent of Learning Community model: In an effort to strengthen and better serve campuses across Round Rock ISD, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Flores has announced a learning community leadership model that provides each feeder pattern an Area Superintendent of Learning Community. This model allows each feeder pattern to have an assigned administrative leader for support, ensuring campuses are…
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