Richardson | June 2022


News from Richardson & Richardson ISD


Richardson City Council meets July 11, 18 and 25-26 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson. The meetings are open to the public and streamed live online. Richardson ISD board of trustees meets June 30 at 4 p.m. at the RISD Administration Building, 400 S. Greenville Ave., Richardson. MEETINGS WE COVER SCHOOLS HIGHLIGHTS RICHARDSON ISD The district’s board of trustees unanimously approved improvements to the Lake Highlands High School competition gym oor during its May 23 meeting. The renovation project is expected to cost $267,390.06 and will be paid for with funds from the 2016 bond program, according to district ocials. RICHARDSON ISD The board of trustees nalized its graduate prole heading into the 2022- 23 school year during its June 6 meeting. According to district ocials, the prole is a description of attributes that an educational community intends its graduates to develop through their study to equip them for their future education or employment. The last prole analysis conducted by the district was in the 2012-13 school year, which was the prole of a learner. RICHARDSON ISD The board of trustees approved a resolution requesting the Texas Legislature modify primary election days to promote safety on campus. On the same date of the Uvalde shooting, several RISD campuses were open to the public for a chance to vote in the Dallas County primary runo election. According to Texas Election code, school buildings must be made available for use as a polling place in any election that covers territory in which the building is located.

Heights Family Aquatic Center to remain closed for summer

RICHARDSON The city announced June 15 that the Heights Family Aquatic Center will remain closed for the summer due to a shortage of lifeguards. The city has been working to recruit new lifeguards since April, oering increased pay scales and incentives for new hires. City ocials said in a statement that the lifeguard hiring incentives “have not been enough to ll all needed positions to allow for the safe opening of the facility.” In an April 22 news release, sta

from the Richardson Parks and Recreation Department estimated there were 20 positions lled of the 80 total lifeguards needed to open the city’s public pools and the aquatics center. The city previously announced plans May 17 to open its four neighborhood pools for the summer on modied schedules. The neigh- borhood pools at Canyon Creek, Cottonwood, Glenville and Terrace will be open six days a week until at least Aug. 14, according to city o cials.

The Heights Family Aquatic Center will remain closed this summer swimming season. (Courtesy Richardson Today)




District to add four day care centers for children of staff RICHARDSON ISD The district announced plans to build day care centers for children of sta during its June 6 meeting. According to district ocials, RISD expects to build four day care centers, one in each learning community that is served by the district’s four high schools. The rst phase of the project will include building two locations: one at Canyon Creek Elementary and one in the former Newcomer Center across from Richardson High School. Improve- ments for the Newcomer Center were initially discussed as part of the 2021 bond election.

Vanessa Pacheco wins runoff election for Single-Member District 2 seat on board

RICHARDSON ISD Vanessa Pacheco defeated Sherry Clemens in the board of trustees District 2 race, according to unocial totals from the June 18 runo election from the Dal- las County Elections Administration. With all 75 county precincts report- ing, Pacheco nished with 2,418 ballots cast in her favor for just under 58% of the vote. Meanwhile, Clemens ended up with 1,754 ballots cast for her for over 42% of the vote. The runo race for RISD’s District 2 seat was required after neither candidate received more than 50% of the vote during the May 7 election. With her win, Pacheco will join recently elected Rachel McGowan as a newcomer on the board.

RUNOFF ELECTION Results for the Richardson ISD District 2 runo election are unocial until canvassed by the board of trustees.

Vanessa Pacheco Sherry Clemens



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