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An Investment in Education

Posted Date: 04/27/2021

An Investment in Education

Raymondville ISD is investing in education.  Since Fall 2017, RISD has continuously improved facilities and upgraded equipment for students and staff, all while increasing fund balance by millions of dollars.  In 2016, RISD received less than $50,000 in competitive grants. Since 2017, the district has been awarded $3,769,599 in competitive grants.

Facilities and equipment:

•    Needlepoint Bipolar Ion Generators installed to eliminate viruses, bacteria, and mold in the air of all occupied spaces
•    New Welding and Metal Technology Building with State-of-the-Art Equipment
•    New Health Careers Wing (600 wing Renovation) with State-of-the-Art Equipment
•    4 new buses, new fleet vehicles, 2 buses refurbished
•    New fuel tanks at bus barn
•    Pittman 5th Grade Wing renovation and new pickup area canopy
•    Covered walkways at LC Smith
•    Football Stadium lighting upgraded to LED
•    Security system/access control installed at every campus and Central Administration Building. Clear safety glass and surface mounted door closures
•    Improved fencing and access control gates
•    MGMS road extension and district parking lots resurfaced, sealed and striped
•    Roofing, HVAC and lighting in district cafeterias
•    New Ag classroom and Ag Farm renovation
•    "The Bearkat" food trailer to feed students, staff, and guests at community events and promote the district
•    Band trailer and new instruments
•    New generators to keep the district running during weather events and power outages
•    Refurbished forklift and bobcat to increase the capacity of RISD Maintenance

Technology Upgrades

For the past four years, Raymondville ISD has focused on upgrading technology for students and teachers.  The district increased spending on technology from $60,000 in 2016 to $500,000 in the 2019-20 school year.  Last year alone, RISD upgraded more than 2000 technology devices. Another vital component of the district's technology is the robust network available. "Our district network starts at the central office and connects to all our campuses. That connection is a 10-gigabit connection," explained  the Network Administrator for the district, "most districts have a 1 gig connection, so we are fortunate to have greater capabilities. Having a 10-gigabit connection allows network traffic in the district to flow faster."
Each year, the district has pursued grant funding to continue upgrading technology.  In 2016, RISD received less than $50,000 in competitive grants. Since 2017, the district has been awarded $3,769,599 in competitive grants.