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RISD Announces Wendy Mahan as New High School Principal

Rockdale Independent School District (RISD) is delighted to announce Wendy Mahan as the new High School Principal.


With an impressive background spanning over 20 years in education and 12 years of campus-level administrative experience, Mahan brings a considerable amount of knowledge and dedication to this important role.

Prior to stepping into her new position at RISD, Mahan has made significant contributions to the academic and personal development of countless students in both Salado ISD and Cameron ISD. With a strong focus on student-centered learning and a dedication to fostering a positive school culture, Mahan is well-prepared to take on this exciting opportunity and lead our High School to new heights. 

Superintendent, Dr. Denise Monzingo, expressed her confidence in Mahan stating, “Wendy’s vast experience, proven leadership skills, and enthusiasm for student success make her an excellent candidate for this role. We are thrilled to have such an accomplished educator join the Rockdale ISD family.”

With parents who are proud graduates of the Class of 1966 at Rockdale High and having lived in our town for more than a decade, Mahan’s roots in Rockdale run deep. She explained, “I am lucky to be part of such a strong community with a prideful tradition-steeped high school.” She continued, “I am a small-town girl with an open-door policy, and look forward to meeting the students, staff and stakeholders of RISD.”

Having earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Services and Development from Tarleton State University and a Masters of Educational Administration from Lamar University, Mahan is well-equipped to lead our high school with a unique blend of expertise and experience. Furthermore, Wendy is currently pursuing her Superintendent Certification, showcasing her commitment to continued professional growth and excellence in educational leadership.

We are excited for the future under Wendy's leadership and invite the entire community to join in welcoming her to Rockdale High School.

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RISD Welcomes Kayleigh Williams as New Communications Specialist

Rockdale ISD welcomes Kayleigh Williams as new Communications Specialist.

Rockdale Independent School District (RISD) is excited to announce Kayleigh Williams as the newest addition to its team, stepping into the role of Communications Specialist. Kayleigh will be taking over the position previously held by Rebecca King and brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the district.

Originally from Georgetown, Williams is a seasoned communications professional with a background in marketing and event management. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Public Relations and Event Management from Tarleton State University, where she was also on the Texans softball team. 

Prior to joining RISD, Kayleigh served as the Event Director for the Austin Radio Network, where she spearheaded marketing initiatives for various music festivals, digital campaigns, and more. Her expertise in crafting engaging narratives and connecting with diverse audiences will be invaluable in her new role.

Superintendent, Dr. Denise Monzingo, expressed her delight in welcoming Kayleigh to the RISD team, stating, "We are thrilled to have Kayleigh join Rockdale ISD as our new Communications Specialist. Her background in public relations, combined with her passion for effective communication, make her an ideal fit for our district. We are confident that Kayleigh will play a vital role in advancing our communication efforts and strengthening our connections with students, families, and the community."

In her role as Communications Specialist, Kayleigh will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of communications for RISD, including managing the Rockdale ISD website, news releases, media relations, social media management, and communications between the district and parents. She is eager to leverage her skills and experiences to effectively tell the story of RISD and engage stakeholders in meaningful ways.

Please join us in welcoming Kayleigh Williams to the Rockdale ISD family.

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Board of Trustee Meetings Time & Location

The Rockdale ISD Board of Trustees future meetings will take place on the 3rd Monday of each month, with the exception of holidays, at 5:00 PM at the Rockdale High School library, until further notice.

Rockdale ISD monthly Board of Trustees meetings will now begin at 5:00 PM. Due to construction projects, the meetings will be held in the Rockdale High School library located at 500 Childress, until further notice. Monthly board meetings are scheduled for the third Monday of each month, with the exception of holidays. 

Additionally, Rockdale ISD Board of Trustees will begin meeting for monthly workshops. These workshops are designed to delve deeper into specific topics and facilitate discussions amongst board members. Workshops will start at 3:00 PM and will be held at the same location, the Rockdale High School library.

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RHS Students Awarded with Academic Honors from College Board National Recognition Programs

Awards recognize high-performing students and help them stand out to colleges

Students at Rockdale High School earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs. These programs celebrate students' hard work in high school and showcase their strong academic performance. The academic honors for rural area, Black, Indigenous, and/or Latino students are an opportunity for students to share their strong academic achievements with colleges and scholarship programs that are seeking to recruit diverse talent.

At Rockdale High School, two students received the academic honor.

Isaiah Sauls: NAARA

Marisela Baltodano: NHRA

"We're thrilled to celebrate our students and recognize them for the great work they've been doing. We're proud of their strong academic performance in the classroom and on College Board assessments like the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and AP exams," said Brent Hasselbach, principal. "There's so much that makes our students unique, and receiving this honor reinforces this as an asset for their future."

The criteria for eligible students include:

  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 assessment scores that are within the top 10% of assessment takers in each state for each award program or earned a score of 3 or higher on 2 or more AP Exams in 9th and 10th grade.
  • Attend school in a rural area or small town, or identify as African American/Black, Hispanic American/Latino, or Indigenous/Native.

Eligible students are invited to apply on BigFuture during their sophomore or junior year and are awarded at the start of the  next school year in time to share their achievements in high school as they plan for the future. At the same time, colleges and organizations using College Board's Student Search Service can connect directly with awardees during the recruitment process.

"It's becoming increasingly hard for students to be 'seen' during the college recruitment process. We're exceptionally proud of the National Recognition Programs for celebrating students who are at times overlooked but have shown their outstanding academic abilities," said Tarlin Ray, senior vice president of BigFuture at College Board. "This is a benefit not only for students but also for colleges and universities committed to recruiting diverse and talented students."