RISD makes pre-school start hires

By MIKE BROWN Reporter Editor
School trustees said “good-bye” to Karl Kacir, assistant superintendent for business, and accepted the resig nat ions of two longtime RHS teachers, during a busy monthly session Monday.

Kacir Kacir Meeting in the Central Administration Building, board members also okayed $1,200 teacher raises for 2010-11 and heard guardedly optimistic enrollment predictions from the district’s four principals.

Assistant superintendent

Kacir, assistant superintendent for business for the past four years, submitted his resignation in order to accept a similar position with the Class 4A Midway ISD in suburban Waco.

“Rockdale has been a great experience for me,” he said. “We have great people here. Of course, I will always remember going through the building program from start to finish.”

Among the lengthy list of resignations accepted by trustees Monday were Rick Vaculin, CTE director/agriculture teacher, and math teacher Deborah Dean.

Salaries, enrollment

Trustees adopted a salary schedule for 2010-11 that reflected $1,200 increases.

A separate board action also reflected raises for staff members not covered by the salary schedule.

First day enrollment figures for Aug. 23 are being anticipated even more keenly this year as a gauge of stability for an Alcoa-less Rockdale two years after the aluminum company closed its smelter.

Last year there was an unexpected five-student enrollment gain on the first day, a trend which continued throughout the school year.

Three of the four campus principals said it appears their campuses should start 2010-11 with a similar enrollment.

However, Pam K aufmann, Rockdale Intermediate principal, said some families have already moved due to job situations.

“We were estimating about 15 students behind our enrollment at the end of the year,” she said. “We tried to contact all 15 families and discovered 10 had already moved with six of those due to “work situations.”


In other business Monday, board members:

• Voted to call for bids on proposed upgrades to the RHS baseball field with the project to be completed by Jan. 3, 2011.

• Okayed campus student handbooks after reviewing changes with the four campus principals.

• Adopted a revised school district calendar for 2010-11.

• Okayed the 2010-11 student code of conduct.

• Accepted several resignations and made numerous new hires (see list above).


High school—Linda King, English; Nick Reeves, assistant principal; Julia Alford, English/theatre arts; David Smiley, English.

Junior-high—Sandi Wynn, computer applications.


High school—Brantley Gallman, English/coach; Dustin Westbrook, social studies/coach; William Svetlick, math/coach.

Junior-high—Jessica Gaines, health/coach; Amanda Keen, social studies/coach; Rebecca Geletka, computer applications; Erin Har ton, English; Kristy Kaufmann, special education.

Also employed were paraprofessionals: Cynthia Ibarra, intermediate aide; Christy Betchan, RHS principal’s secretary; Gloria Zapata, RJH principal’s secretary; Christopher Taylor, special education aide; Shelbye Weise, central office.

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