RRISD campuses earn ‘No Place for Hate’ designation

A total of 32 Round Rock ISD campuses earned designations as “No Place for Hate” campuses for the 2016-2017 school year by the Anti-Defamation League, which certifies the schools to teach lessons such as empowerment against bullying and the virtue of tolerance. To earn the designation, schools commit to creating a student-led coalition, signing the…

RRISD partners with ACC, Round Rock Chamber for HVAC, Plumbing career training

More skilled professionals should hit the Central Texas job market thanks to a new partnership.

Round Rock ISD has partnered with Austin Community College (ACC) and the Round Rock Chamber to start an HVAC and plumbing career training program at Round Rock High School (RRHS).

The organizations signed a memorandum of understanding for the program, which will begin this summer in the back of the RRHS 500 building. The program was created to meet the demands for individuals trained in HVAC and plumbing in the Central Texas community. Courses will be held for free to District students and employees.

City of Round Rock presents letter of intent for proposed RRISD aquatic center

The City of Round Rock has announced its intent to partner with Round Rock ISD for a proposed aquatic center, pending approval from voters in the Bond 2017 Election.

Round Rock City Manager Laurie Hadley announced a letter of intent had been established at the District’s April 20 Board of Trustees meeting, committing to a potential partnership for the aquatic center facility if approved by voters. The City of Round Rock, RRISD and the YMCA of Williamson County initially partnered for a feasibility study in 2016 to determine the need and desire for a facility in the Round Rock area. The aquatic center is included as a $22 million project in Bond 2017, which consists of funds to address the District’s needs.

RRISD receives $92K Austin Energy rebate for energy efficiency, Energy Star certifications

Austin Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rewarded Round Rock ISD’s maintenance team for its energy efficiency throughout the current school year. RRISD received a $92,288 rebate check, presented by Elaina Ball, Austin Energy deputy general manager and chief operating officer, at the District’s April 20 Board of Trustees meeting in recognition of participation…

Early voting for Bond 2017 opens April 24, Election Day to be held May 6

Early voting for the Round Rock ISD Bond 2017 package will run from April 24 to May 2 prior to Election Day May 6.

The $572.1 million Bond consists of three propositions that address growth, innovation and safety within Round Rock ISD. Learn more about Bond 2017 and view a complete list of financial information and proposed projects on the District’s Bond website.

Early voting locations within and in close proximity to Round Rock ISD will be open daily. Williamson County locations will not be open Sunday, April 30.

Voigt, Union Hill and Forest North named Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase schools

Voigt, Union Hill and Forest North named Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase schools

Voigt, Union Hill and Forest North elementary schools received the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase SchoolsTM award for the 2016-2017 school year from the Flippen Group. Only 53 schools were selected for the national award out of 10,000 schools that host the program across the country. According to the Flippen Group, Capturing Kids’ Hearts is…

Photo of Dr. Flores, Mr. Spiegel and Chief Financial Officer for RRISD, Randy Staats

Spiegel named Superintendent’s RRock Star for March

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Flores named Jamie Spiegel, Round Rock ISD Director of Purchasing and Materials, as the RRock Star for March 2017. As Director of Purchasing, Spiegel evaluates vendors, negotiates contracts, reviews product quality and supervises purchasing specialists for Round Rock ISD. “Mr. Spiegel is an outstanding leader who does an excellent job…

RRISD earns GFOA 'Certificate of Achievement'

RRISD earns GFOA ‘Certificate of Achievement’

Round Rock ISD Financial Services has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting…

Uselman named new Director of Instructional Technology

Round Rock ISD has named Jeff Uselman the new Director of Instructional Technology. Uselman served as the District’s assistant director of instructional technology for secondary schools since 2010 and previously served as an instructional technology specialist at McNeil High School. Uselman has been an educator for 28 years and has worked with educational technology since…

RRISD students succeed at 2017 Texas Scholastic Chess Championships

RRISD students succeed at 2017 Texas Scholastic Chess Championships

Students from eight Round Rock ISD campuses earned top honors at the 2017 North/Central Texas Scholastic Chess Championships, held in Arlington in early March. Individual trophy winners represented Spicewood, Laurel Mountain, England and Sommer elementary schools, Canyon Vista and Walsh middle schools and Westwood and Round Rock high schools. Team trophy winners represented Sommer, Laurel…

Round Rock ISD Destination School Guide 2017-2018

RRISD publishes Public School of Choice Destination Guide, accepting transfers

District students and parents have the opportunity to learn more about Round Rock ISD Public Schools of Choice by reading the recently published Destination School Guide. Round Rock ISD Public Schools of Choice provides students with access to innovative programming that engages and taps into their specific interests, aspirations and preferred learning styles.The learning community…

Brooke Bailey

Round Rock ISD names Bailey Pond Springs principal

Round Rock ISD has named Brooke Bailey the new principal of Pond Springs Elementary School. Bailey has worked in RRISD her entire educational career, most recently serving as the assistant principal at Pond Springs since 2013. She previously served as a teacher at Teravista, Gattis and Blackland Prairie elementary schools. She has 12 years of…

Blackland Prairie teacher named H-E-B Excellence in Education finalist

Blackland Prairie Elementary School Dyslexia and Interventions teacher Denise Johnson has been named a finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Elementary Leadership Award. H-E-B selected Johnson as one of five finalists in Texas for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Elementary Leadership Award, which honors teachers with 10 to 20 years in the classroom. H-E-B…

McNeil teachers named H-E-B Excellence in Education finalists

McNeil teachers named H-E-B Excellence in Education finalists

McNeil High School teachers Emily Jensen and Kari Teague are finalists for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Secondary Leadership and Lifetime Achievement Award, respectively. H-E-B representatives, Round Rock ISD leaders, and McNeil staff surprised Teague and Jensen Tuesday morning in their classrooms with news of the honor. Along with the accomplishment, H-E-B awarded both educators…

Gabehart awarded TCEA Advocacy Award

Gabehart awarded TCEA Advocacy Award

Round Rock ISD Executive Director of Technology and Information Services Mark Gabehart was awarded the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Advocacy Award at the organization’s annual conference in February. Through the Advocacy Award, TCEA recognizes an individual’s efforts to advocate on behalf of students and teachers for technology-rich learning environments and educational experiences that meet…

Board Briefs

Board Briefs: Board calls for May 2017 Bond Election, Trustee Hanna starts service, academic calendar approved

The Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees called for a May 2017 Bond Election totaling $572.1 million, welcomed Trustee Edward Hanna to the Board and approved the 2017-2018 academic calendar at its Feb. 16 regular Board meeting. Board calls for $572.1 million Bond election in May 2017 The Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees unanimously…

Board of Trustees approve 2017- 2018 academic calendar

Board of Trustees approve 2017- 2018 academic calendar

The Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees approved the academic calendar for the 2017-2018 school year at its regular meeting Feb. 16. A calendar committee comprised of District and campus administrators, as well as parents, designed the calendars in alignment with the most recent calendars. The calendar committee considered the following parameters when creating the…