Spring update for Rockdale ISD
Dr. Howell Wright

Spring has been very busy with many activities on our school calendar. Our students, staff, and school board have worked on specific items from state testing requirements to athletic, band, academic and leadership contests to saving future tax dollars. In addition, the Texas Legislature is in its final month of the 83rd session.

This session has been one where public education has had more support than it has in the past decade. The biggest challenge is ensuring the bills that have been written are passed without too many amendments.

House Bill 5 is now on the Senate floor and seems to have support from many senators. The testing companies and large political donors continue to attempt to sway the votes against the bill.

House Bill 5 is legislation that is good for children and the future of Texas. It reduces the amount of tests required for graduation from 15 to five and puts into place a common sense approach for graduation plans and earning a high school diploma.

HB 2835 is awaiting approval from the full House. This bill reduces testing in grades 4, 7, and 8 (writing and social studies). Please continue to contact Dr. Marsha Farney (our representative) and Dr. Charles Schwertner (our senator) and provide your feedback. A few months ago, the board agreed to refinance the district’s bonds, and the deal was completed last month for a savings of $1,470,712.94 to taxpayers for one-third of the bonds. In a few months, the board will be looking at refinancing another third or the remainder of the bonds.

At the high school level, our band earned all 1’s in the district concert and sight reading contest a few weeks ago. We had students showing projects at ag shows throughout Texas. We had a number of track athletes make it to the area and regional competitions and one of them to State in the 300 hurdles.

The softball team is the district champion and will be playing a second round game this weekend against Huntington in Madisonville. The golf team will compete this Thursday and Friday at the state tournament.

Also, as a reminder, we have to use a bad weather day to make up for the school cancellation on Dec. 21. The make up day is Friday, May 24, and is a required attendance day.

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