Rockwall ISD hosted its first Town Hall meeting Tuesday night.
Superintendent Jeff Bailey kicked off the evening with presentations on The Visioning Institute and the district’s 2010-2015 Strategic Plan, which focuses on improving eight key areas: Environment, Ethics, Diversity, Communication, Safety, Facilities, Funding and Technology.
For details, read the whole report (which is very detailed) here.
After the presentation, audience members broke up into groups for one-on-one time with school board members.
Anyone hoping to for news of a new elementary school coming to a neighborhood near you – prepare to be disappointed. New schools are probably at least two years away, said Bailey.
The district isn’t growing as fast as it was, and the numbers and demographics don’t support building any new schools in the immediate future. There just aren’t enough students to fill a new school.
But the good news is that the district has bond money for two more elementary schools from its most recent bond package. The district is prepared to open elementaries in the southern and northern parts of the districts. As soon as the student numbers are there, the district will start plans for construction.
Other topics that evening included:
– Teaching foreign languages to students in elementary grade levels
– Curriculum discussions on how elementary social studies classes should teach world religions
– E-Learning possibilities for middle and high school students
Bailey said he was happy with the turn out – about 30 or 40 parents and community members attended. He said he plans to host several additional town halls throughout the school year at various locations throughout the district.
So – were you there? What’d you think? Do you have more questions for board members or district staff? Let me know.
–Emily Fox/News Assistant