With the new academic year now in its fourth week, the Royse City Independent School District Board of Trustees heard updates on student enrollment, district curriculum, state accountability and more at Monday night’s regular meeting.
On enrollment, Superintendent Kevin Worthy told the board that the district had 6,574 students enrolled as of Monday evening before the board meeting.
“On day one we projected, based at the end of the school year, for 6,600 students,” Worthy said at the meeting. “That’s at the end of the school year. We felt like we wouldn’t be to that number until late spring.”
The most recent number is up from the number of students present on the first day of classes Thursday, Aug. 15. Worthy reported that 6,355 students were at school on the first day, which saw a jump the following Monday to 6,514. The increase that day was possibly due to students having missed the soft start the previous Thursday and Friday, he added.
“After day 14, we were at 6,564 but I wanted you to see what we were today. I checked right before we came into the board meeting and we’re at 6,574,” he said. “So over the weekend we added 10 students. We’re well on track for 6,600 students.”
The board also heard a presentation by assessment and accountability staff member Kathy Milton regarding district scores from the Texas Education Agency’s annual A-F accountability program and more. This year RCISD received a ‘B’ or 86 out of 100 possible points, which is five point increase from last year’s score of 81 out of 100.
“Last year only the districts received a rating but this year campuses also received an individual rating,” Milton said during her presentation. “This is the second year in a row we have received a B and we had an increase in our overall raw score this year.”
Following the presentation, score breakdown and hearing how schools plan to build on the data, board member Brian Zator asked how Davis Elementary - the only school in the district that received a ‘D’- was working as a result of the score.
“They’re diving in,” Milton responded. “I think they are making some decisions and they’re plan is going to be quite comprehensive.”
Milton also reported that the district hasn’t received much feedback on the scores, but believes that parents see the scores from the TEA, but also see the work staff at Davis Elementary are doing.
“I think they’re looking at it for what it is. It’s a very complex system of numbers and very subjective to who did their best on a single day of the school year and I think our parents are very cognizant of that,” she said. “I think they’re aware of what Davis is doing even if it wasn’t reflected in a single day.”
The school board received an update on the district's Learn, Excel, Advocate and Discover, or L.E.A.D., lessons - the first of which took place last week and focused on embracing challenges and accepting learning risks. Assistant Superintendent Julia Robinson presented on the outcome of the first lesson.
“The idea behind the whole lesson was that you can achieve anything you want to achieve, whatever that is, if you’re willing to work hard,” she said about the first lesson.
North Star Builders and VLK Architects gave a quick update on the construction of Bobby Summers Middle School and Ouida Baley Middle School. They reported that the exterior brick at Summers Middle School in Fate will go on fairly soon as the academic wings and gymnasium are beginning to take shape. As for Baley Middle School, progress on the addition to the school is on schedule.
Read the Herald-Banner’s breakdown of the TEA scores for RCISD and the district’s Community Scorecard here.