August 4, 2007

RISD School Ratings Finally Released for '06-'07 Year

According to the "School Times" News presented by the Richardson Independent School District.

The Texas Education Agency has confirmed that Richardson Independent School District has again earned the distinction of being a "Recognized" school district, based on 2006-07 student performance. It marks the second consecutive year RISD has earned the distinction, the largest urban district in Texas to do so.
"Congratulations are in order for our talented and dedicated teachers, support staff, PTA, community partners and students," said RISD Superintendent Dr. David Simmons. "While we will continue to address our challenges, this news is further recognition of something our community has known for a long time - RISD is an excellent place to receive an enriching, well-rounded education."

In addition to maintaining its Recognized rating, RISD increased its number of "Exemplary" rated campuses by 50 percent. Overall, 81 percent of rated campuses are either Exemplary or Recognized, compared with 79 percent a year ago.

Individual campus ratings for the last three years include:

Please see the web address listed below for a complete list of school ratings in the Richardson Independent School District (The list would not format for this blog).

Coyotes and what is being done about them...

The Lake Highland NHOA is working with the City of Dallas to catch and remove problem coyotes from the LHN Park and the neighborhood. The number number runs from 1-3 coyotes, but there could be more if the female has pups.

The City has set up barricades in an area of the LHN park behind the Estate Lane alley. The City has also posted signs "City of Dallas
Coyote Trapping Program" and a warning for people to "KEEP OUT." The neighbors whose houses back up to alley are very supportive of the
trapping program (they are the ones most affected) and keep their animals out of the area. Unfortunately, some people who are not affected by the coyote problem have been observed walking their dogs within the posted area. LHNHOA is endeavoring to determine the identify of the dog-walking trespassers and will solicit their cooperation.

The trapper has documented the coyote's route and confirmed that he/she responds to the trappers territorial lures. However, the trapper has not put out snares because of neighbors and their dogs wandering into the posted areas. No captures have been made to date.

Residents of the LStreets should keep cats and dogs indoors and remove cat or dog food and water from outside feeding stations. Be attentive to your surroundings if walking/jogging/picnicking or visiting the playground in and around the LHN Park, especially in early morning and after sunset.

For coyote problems, contact Adrian Vela, City of Dallas Animal Control Department, at 214-670-8380. Please contact the LStreets NA if you have any questions or comments.