Sanders to write RISD column
Donald Denbow Superintendent

Our Community Relations Director Allen Sanders is focusing on important initiatives for the 2013-14 school year. We are fortunate that the board of trustees has agreed to fund this part-time position with the idea of establishing and nurturing a partnership with parents and community. We want our constituents to be informed about every aspect of our operation and aware of the expectations of our students. Your involvement is essential to your child’s success and the attainment of our district goals. Sanders is a long-time Rockdale ISD employee and knows the district and the citizens of Rockdale. Please regard him as an important piece in our commitment to transparency.—Don Denbow I t is hard to believe that we have completed three weeks of school. We have many reasons to be proud of our staff and students here at Rockdale ISD, and parents, you play a major role in the success of your children at our schools. We appreciate your efforts and we are here to assist you and give you support in any way possible. Likewise, we need your help and support through out the school year, and we hope you consider taking an active role in our school district.

Sanders Sanders My name is Allen Sanders, and I have been a part of the RISD for over 27 years as a teacher/coach or campus administrator. This year I have a new position at our schools. Currently, I am the Community Relations Director which involves various responsibilities, and at this time, I would like to share a couple of them with you.

Parental Involvement is one of my priorities this school year, and I am hopeful that the number of parents who participate in the many activities we have to offer this year will significantly increase. The PTO has begun their membership drive this year and I attended their first meeting on Sept. 10. At that meeting, new board members were appointed and upcoming fundraisers were discussed.

The PTO has made many beneficial contributions to our campuses in the past and they hope to continue making future contributions. In order for this to happen, there must be effective planning and a willingness to work by the members of the organization. We all know that there is strength in numbers, so the work load is shared. That is why, with your support, the PTO can continue to provide needed items to our campuses to help insure their success.

Also, the PTO awards scholarships for graduating seniors to help get them started in their first year of college.

Communication is another key to the success of our schools, and it is vital that students, staff and parents are aware of up coming events and/or issues that occur during or after school hours. I plan to help promote activities at each campus, so parents and community members know when and where the things happen and avoid missing out on meaningful events. On Monday mornings at 9 a.m. on KRXT, I will have a radio segment that will help provide listeners of up coming events at each campus and other important announcements for the week.

I am very pleased with how things have gone thus far this semester and am looking forward to a great school year. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s education, please feel free to contact me at 512-430-6000 or

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