News from Richardson, Richardson ISD & Plano ISD
HIGHLIGHTS RICHARDSON ISD The district began oering free COVID-19 testing Oct. 18 for district students and sta who are not experiencing symptoms. The testing sites are oered at the Lake Highlands High School auditorium on Mondays and the Richardson High School auditorium on Wednesdays. Testing hours are 7:30-9:30 a.m. at both schools. Advanced registration for the PCR testing is required. The testing is being done in partnership with MCI Diagnostic Center in Dallas, according to the district. RICHARDSON ISD The district has 35 classes in pre-K through fourth grade that exceed the state cap of a 22:1 student-to-teacher ratio. It received approval from its board of trustees Oct. 4 to submit the necessary waivers to the Texas Education Agency for those sections. The 35 class- size exceptions requested by the district are for 16 of its elementary campuses. Stults Road, O. Henry and Brenteld elementary schools had the most exception requests with four each, while seven other campuses had just one request. PLANO ISD District sta said nalized class rosters for PISD’s Virtual Academy pilot program included 1,111 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Senate Bill 15 allows for the online learning option to be oered through the 2022-23 school year without a loss in state funding. Sta said enrollment for next school year will open in December. STATE Preliminary ndings from federal regulators indicate that more needs to be done to weatherize the Texas power grid to prevent an outage similar to the one that happened in February. Sta from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the North American Electric Reliability Corp. drafted 28 recommendations with suggested deadlines ranging from November 2021 to November 2023. Richardson City Council meets Oct. 25, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson. www.cor.net. The meetings are open to the public and are streamed live online. Richardson ISD meets Nov. 15 at the RISD Administration Building, 400 S. Greenville Ave., Richardson. www.risd.org Plano ISD meets Nov. 3 and 16 at the PISD Administration Center, 2700 W. 15th St., Plano. www.pisd.edu MEETINGSWE COVER
Council approves apartment buildingwith coworking space
SPRING VALLEY RD.
BY OLIVIA LUECKEMEYER
RICHARDSON Sherman Lofts, a four-story apartment building with a live-work component and coworking space, is headed to Spring Valley Road following City Council approval of a special permit for the project Oct. 18. The building will include 299 traditional units as well as three live-work apartments and a 932-square-foot cowork- ing space that will be open to the public. An attached four-story garage will include 462 parking spaces. The majority of the units will be one bedroom, applicant Tommy Mann of Winstead PC law rm said. However, there will be some two-bedroom units available. The average size will be 700-750 square feet and will cost somewhere around $1,300 per month to lease, he added. Mann said the developers plan to tear down a two-story, defunct oce building on the property, which is located at the southeast corner of Spring Valley and Sherman Street. Amenities will include a pool, outdoor workspace, a tness yard and more. The building will also have an in-house coee shop that will be open to the public during business hours and remain open for residents after hours.
Sherman Lofts will be located across the street from the Spring Valley light-rail station. (Rendering courtesy city of Richardson)
Sherman Lofts will be located across the street from Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Spring Valley light-rail station and next to the Central Trail. Mann said developers plan to construct an outdoor plaza facing Spring Valley that will be open to the public. A mural will be added to the facade of the garage that faces the Central Trail to enhance the visual appeal of the structure, Mann said. Bill Belshaw of Wilder Belshaw Architects said his team is 5-6 months away from having drawings to submit for a building permit. Once a permit is approved, construction should take 18-24 months, he said.
Council approves request to expand JJ PearceHigh School
BY OLIVIA LUECKEMEYER
RICHARDSON City Council unanimously approved a request by Richardson ISD to begin the second phase of expansion at JJ Pearce High School. The request included the con- struction of an additional 74,000 square feet of classroom, ofice and lobby space. It also included the relocation of existing driveways along Melrose Drive and a revision to the parking lot coniguration, according to city documents. This request follows council approval earlier this year for the irst phase of construction, which included expansion of two wings of the building, the relocation of the softball ield, the addition of a soccer ield and modiications to a parking lot on Melrose, according to the city. The second phase of construction was approved by RISD voters as part of the district’s 2021 bond program, James Watson, RISD’s executive director of operations, said during the Oct. 18 council meeting.
Some speakers at themeeting asked that the position remain vacant until the next election in 2022. (WilliamC. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
Richardson ISD trusteeswill not ll board vacancy created by president’s resignation
BY WILLIAM C. WADSACK
oversaw the meeting as the board’s presiding ocer.
RICHARDSON ISD The board of trustees voted unanimously Oct. 18 to leave the single-member District 5 seat vacant until the board’s next election in May 2022, when that position is scheduled to go before voters. The seat became vacant when former President Karen Clardy resigned from the board Sept. 24 in a letter to the other trustees and Superintendent Jeannie Stone. “Because there was less than one year left in the term for sin- gle-member District 5, the board may decide whether it wishes to leave the position vacant or ll it with an interim appointment,” said trustee Regina Harris, who
During the public comment sec- tion of the Oct. 18 meeting, several community members expressed their preferences that the position be lled through an election rather than having trustees appoint a new member at this time. “I have not heard one single person from District 5 say that they wish that we would appoint someone to ll this spot for the short term,” trustee Eron Linn said. Clardy gave no reason for her resignation. She had held the board’s District 5 seat since 2017. The board voted unanimously Oct. 4 to accept her resignation.
RICHARDSON EDITION • OCTOBER 2021
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