The Royse City ISD Board of Trustees accepted an $81,154 check from the RCISD Education Foundation at Monday night’s regular board meeting.

The funds provided by the Education Foundation will go to teachers from across the district who won the 2019 Innovative Teaching Grants. Funds will also go to provide smart boards in support of the dyslexia program, the RCISD Bulb Digital Portfolios for students and other special grants throughout the district. 

The foundation’s executive director, Kim Crumrine, was at the meeting and spoke about the near two dozen projects that received grants from the education foundation.

“They wrote amazing grants this year, I mean they were just phenomenal,” Crumrine said. 

Teachers receiving the grants found out they were recipients late last week as foundation, school district and community members participated in the “Grant Patrol” where they went around the distinct surprising teachers in their classrooms.

“Grant Patrol is one of the best days of the school year for the education foundation and is only made possible through the generosity of the donors,” Crumrine said in a release.

The district chief communication officer, Adi Bryant, spoke about the work the education foundation has done in funding grants for teachers across the district. 

“Our directors are dedicated and they’re raising more money than they’ve ever raised,” Bryant said. “A lot of that is due to the staff we have here in the district that supports our mission as we take those dollars, turn them around and get them right back into the classroom.”

Crumrine added that in addition to the Innovative Teaching Grants awarded last week, that a $10,000 grant winner would be announced at the foundation’s partnership gala this week. 

“We have a grant we’ll be announcing at the partnership gala Thursday night, which is the $10,000 grant sponsored by VLK Architects, so that’s going to be really exciting,” she said. 

District administration staff also recognized staff for professional development awards, the innovative teacher of the month, Google certified educators and staff security recognitions.

Assistant Superintendent Julia Robinson presented the professional development awards, which is awarded for the achievement of one to four development badges.  

“There are 31 different recipients for a total of 87 badges,” Robinson said. “With approximately six hours per badge — some a little more, some a little less — this represents about 522 hours of professional development since last time.”

The school board also received construction updates on Bobby Summers Middle School and Ouida Baley Middle School from a representative of North Star Builders and VLK Architects. 

They indicated that the projects are currently on schedule, and that the football field at Summers Middle School will be installed in the next week or so, while the air conditioning units will be placed during the first week of December as they continue installing roofing as well. 

For Baley Middle School, they said that the new wing is moving along and will get metal siding put in soon, while the library is nearly complete with renovations. 

Later in the meeting, the board approved the new district zoning for the elementary and middle schools in the district. The new plans will go into effect for the next school year, starting August 2020. In the coming school year, the new Bobby Summers Middle School in Fate will open and the two intermediate schools in the district will be converted to elementary schools. The rezoning will accommodate the six elementary schools and two middle schools, while keeping the single high school zoning the same. 

The new zonings can be viewed here.  

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