Message from Roger Trail, Superintendent
Dear Royal Community, Families and Patrons,
It’s almost time for our students to return to the classroom this fall and our staff has been hard at work in preparation for the upcoming school-year. All of our vacant classroom positions have been filled and we are gearing up for the arrival of our students. In this letter, I would like to share some information with you regarding the top two priorities of the Royal School District:
Student Safety- Student safety is the number one priority of our district. We pride ourselves in doing everything in our power to provide emotional and physical safety. We will continue to deliver training to our staff in order to foster a safe environment for everyone including drills, on-line training and experts who visit our campus to provide support and guidance in this area. Additionally, it is our aim to provide a physically safe environment.
The Royal Intermediate School has been a great example of a physically safe environment. We have received positive feedback regarding our secure entrance as well as other safety features in that building. While the intermediate school is currently the only building with state-of-the-art safety features, we have plans to move in the direction of providing all of our buildings with safer entrances. As you may know, Red Rock Elementary is currently undergoing a complete modernization project. Thanks to our conservative planning and insurance settlement from the 2017, we were able to apply our savings to state-match funding. This allowed us to move forward with a $15.8 million project without the need to request additional funding from the community through a bond. Within the scope of the project, Red Rock will be updated with safety features comparable to those of the intermediate school. We are looking have this project completed in the fall of 2019. Moreover, we are currently examining potential solutions to enhance safety features at the middle school and high school.
Student Learning- We were very pleased to see many signs of improvement reflected through our state assessment scores. Our teachers will continue to be provided with collaboration time so they can work together to implement best practices as they relate to student learning. Late-Start Mondays will continue this year in order to provide the much needed collaboration time for our staff. Please refer to your school calendars regarding Late-Start Monday dates. Our calendar is also available on the web-site.
I truly believe we have all the pieces in place to make this year better than ever and I look forward to greeting our students as they arrive on our campus and take the next steps toward an excellent education.
Roger W. Trail