Rockwall Independent School District, Texas

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Rockwall Independent School District
Rockwall, Texas
Rockwall ISD logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Jeff Bailey
Enrollment:14,072 students
Number of schools:19
Budget: $152.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Christopher Cuny
Board members:7
Term length:3
Rockwall Independent School District is a school district in Texas that serves Rockwall County. It is the 80th-largest school district in Texas, serving 14,072 students in 19 schools with an operating budget of $152.9 million.[1]

About the district

Rockwall Independent School District is located in Rockwall County, Texas
Rockwall Independent School District is located in Rockwall County, Texas. The county seat of Rockwall County is Rockwall. The county's population was 78,337 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]

Demographics

Rockwall County outperforms the rest of Texas in terms of higher education attainment, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 35.3% of Rockwall County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 26.3% rate for the state of Texas. Rockwall County had a median income of $82,725 in 2010 compared to $51,563 for Texas. The poverty rate for Rockwall County was 6.3% in 2010 compared to a 17.4% rate for the rest of the state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Rockwall County (%) Texas (%)
White 88.7 80.6
Black or African American 6.1 12.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 1.0
Asian 2.7 4.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 16.4 38.2

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[3]

Superintendent

The superintendent of Rockwall Independent School District is Jeff Bailey, who was appointed to the position in the spring of 2009. Bailey has both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from East Texas State University. Prior to this position, Bailey was serving as deputy superintendent of Plano Independent School District.[4]

School board

The Rockwall ISD Board of Trustees consists of seven members who are elected at-large to three-year terms. While candidates run for specific positions on the ballot, they represent the entire district.[5]

Rockwall ISD Board of Trustees
Member Role Place # Term Ends
Christopher Cuny President Place 1 2015
Linda Mitchell Duran Vice President Place 3 2015
Leigh Plagens Secretary Place 6 2017
Stephanie Adams Member Place 7 2017
Jon Bailey Member Place 4 2016
Russ Childers Member Place 2 2015
Jim White Member Place 5 2016

School board elections

See also: Rockwall Independent School District elections (2014)

Members of the Rockwall ISD Board of Trustees are elected to three-year terms. Two were on the ballot on May 10, 2014; incumbents Leigh Plagens and Stephanie Adams were re-elected to Places 6 and 7, respectively. Three seats will be on the ballot in May 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Trustees maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2011:

As long as the requirements of the Open Meetings Act are satisfied and the right of citizens to apply to the Board for redress of their grievances is not abridged, the Board need not provide a public forum for every citizen wishing to express an opinion on a matter. Reasonable restraints on the number, length, and frequency of presentations are permissible. The Board may limit the number of persons it will hear on a particular subject and the frequency with which they may appear, so long as the regulation does not abridge constitutionally guaranteed rights of freedom of speech and to petition nor unfairly discriminate among views seeking expression. [6]

—Rockwall Independent School District's website, (2011), [7]

Budget

Rockwall Independent School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[1]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $82,077,670 53.6% $4,315,689 2.8% $44,024,863 28.8% $20,883,552 13.7% $1,689,667 1.1% $152,991,441
Averages: $82,077,670 54% $4,315,689 3% $44,024,863 29% $20,883,552 14% $1,689,667 1% $152,991,441

Teacher salaries

Teachers in Rockwall Independent School District earn annual salaries based on years on the job as well as educational achievement. Teachers with a bachelor's degree and no experience start out earning a salary of $46,050 and can earn up to $50,470 with 15 years experience. Stipends of $1,500 are given to those with master's degrees and $1,000 to those with a doctorate.[8]

Schools in Rockwall ISD

Enrollment

Rockwall Independent School District serves 14,072 students. Rockwall Independent School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[9]

District schools

Rockwall Independent School District operates 19 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Rockwall Independent School District Schools
School Name
Amy Parks Elementary School
Cain Middle School
Cullins Elementary School
Dobbs Elementary School
Hartman Elementary School
Hays Elementary School
Jones Elementary School
Nebbie Elementary School
Pullen Elementary School
Quest Academy
Reinhardt Elementary School
Rochell Elementary School
Rockwall High School
Rockwall-Heath High School
Shannon Elementary School
Springer Elementary School
Stevenson Elementary School
Utley Middle School
Williams Middle School

Academic performance

The Texas Education Agency issues an annual accountability report for each school district in the state. This rating determines if district schools fulfill expectations in four categories of educational achievement during a particular school year. The following terms explain these categories:

  • Student Achievement: Measures student performance on the annual Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test.
  • Student Progress: Measures student performance in reading, math and writing courses at the district level.
  • Closing Performance Gaps: Measures year-to-year performance among students in the lowest-performing demographics.
  • Postsecondary Readiness: Measures student readiness for college, employment or military service after graduation.

Rockwall Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 99 percent of indicators set forth by state education officials and all four assessment categories. The following table details the district's accountability report during the 2012-2013 school year:[11]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 29,195 33,143 88 50
Student Progress 1,617 4,600 35 21
Closing Performance Gaps 1,198 1,500 80 50
Postsecondary Readiness 868.0 1,000 87 75

Contact information

Rockwall ISD logo.jpg
Rockwall School Board
1050 Williams Street
Rockwall, TX 75807
Phone: (972) 771-0605

See also

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