Board Meeting Summary
The RISD Board of Trustees met for a regular meeting on January 8, discussing a number of topics. Highlights included:
Board Appreciation Month
On behalf of RISD students and staff, Dr. Stone thanked Board members for their volunteer service as part of School Board Appreciation Month. While trustees are elected, they do not receive compensation for the hundreds of hours spent annually at meetings, school events and trainings. Major duties of the school board include setting district policy, approving the budget & tax rate and setting the district's strategic vision. A donation of books to each elementary school library was made on behalf of trustees.
Annual Performance Report Public Hearing
A required public hearing was held to present the 2018 Texas Academic performance report for RISD. The comprehensive report included academic performance indicators for RISD and each school, including state standardized STAAR test results, (first available and reported in August). The APR was adopted by the board and will be posted to the RISD website.
2018 Demographic Update
Templeton Demographics presented the annual demographic report for RISD. The report, which includes updated enrollment projections, assists RISD with short- and long-range facilities and budget planning. Highlights included:
- RISD added 44 students this year for a total enrollment of 39,313. This nominal growth was lower than projected. Enrollment growth is projected to continue at a low-moderate rate over the next decade.
- RISD can expect an increase of approximately 1,460 additional students districtwide over the next five years (to a projected enrollment of 40,700 students).
- The percentage of students enrolled from multifamily housing dropped this year to 48.4% due to increased rent rates.
- The average existing home sale price in RISD has increased 50% since 2010, to $343,000. The average new home sale price in RISD has risen 60% over the same period, to $443,000.
The district will use data from the demographic update to augment to ongoing long range facilities planning efforts to determine where additional classroom space is needed across RISD to accommodate existing and projected enrollment growth.