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Work is underway to ensure Richardson’s population is accurately documented in the 2020 U.S. Census. The census takes place every 10 years and aims to count each person living in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. At the municipal level, the data determines council districts and the distributionof federal funds, among other items. Due to demographic shifts in Richardson, the city expects a complete count will be slightly more dicult this time around. That is why it is investing $16,000 to ensure citizens participate in the census, according to Assistant City Manager Shanna Sims-Bradish. “The goal is to exceed the 2010 [response rate] because we are putting more eort into outreach and education,” she said. In 2019, the city partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to form a Complete Count Committee. The group, made up of 21 representatives from across Rich- ardson institutions, began strategizing earlier this year CONTINUED ON 21 Richardson ramps up 2020 census eorts BY OLIVIA LUECKEMEYER POPULAT ION ON THE RISE
RISD will add more seats to accommodate an inux of pre-K students in the coming school year.
1,840 1,340 pre-K students school year 2020-2021 school year 2019-2020
SOURCE: RICHARDSON ISD COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
Brenteld Elementary School is one of a handful of RISD campuses that cannot accommodate pre-K due to space concerns. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
RISD report sheds light on pre-Kexpansion New insight into housing Richardson ISD’s grow- ing pre-K program has been revealed through the release of the district’s latest demographic report. The 2019-20 report, conducted by Templeton Demographics, does not include forecasts for pre-K enrollment; however, it can give the district an idea of which campuses have room for those students, according to Superintendent Jeannie Stone. continue to iron out details of RISD’s pre-K pro- gram, including when to open it up to all 3- and 4-year-olds and whether to oer busing. RISD serves 1,340 pre-K students at 21 cam- puses that oer half- or full-day seats. To meet the requirements of House Bill 3, a state mandate that says all public school districts inTexasmust provide free, full-day pre-K to students who meet certain linguistic or economic benchmarks, four additional elementary campuses will oer pre-K next school year. Those campuses are Bowie, Canyon Creek, Dartmouth and White Rock elementaries. CONTINUED ON 22 BY MAKENZIE PLUSNICK ”We use these numbers to see, absent of the pre-K gures, ‘Where do we have space?’” Stone said at a Jan. 22 board of trustees meeting. This information is key as district ocials
The latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show that Richardson’s population has increased by 21,758 people since the last decennial census in 2010.
SOURCES: AMERICAN FACTFINDER, U.S. CENSUS BUREAU COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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