Weekly CEO Message from Jason Ball

To begin, on behalf of the Round Rock Chamber and I would like to thank all who participated in the Williamson County Infrastructure bond vote held November 5, where the unofficial results show voters supporting the total $447 million bond package for road and park investments. More than 48,000 residents voted, with approximately 62% voting yes to issue $412 million in bonds for road expansions and 59% voting yes to issues $35 million for parks and amenities (source). The Round Rock Chamber was a vocal supporter of these investments, which we believe will be important to support the growth of Williamson County for the decades to come.

We would also like to extend congratulations to Round Rock ISD Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores on behalf of the Round Rock business community. Dr. Flores has been named Superintendent of the Year by the Austin Chamber of Commerce. He was announced to be the winner on November 6 and was given this recognition at the Austin Chamber’s State of Education event on November 14. In choosing Dr. Flores for this recognition, the Austin Chamber cited the Round Rock ISD’s Distinguished Achievement Plan, SAT programs to allow all high school juniors to take the SAT for free, and college and career readiness rates that are some of the highest in the region and the state. The Austin Chamber also highlighted the AAA rating RRISD maintains with both the Moody’s and Fitch rating agencies. In fact, more RRISD campuses earned an A in 2019 than in 2018, and 73% of RRISD campuses posted either an A or a B on the state accountability system.

A strong school system that serves students well is also one that helps create an environment to support economic vitality. The business community recognizes that students are the priority in excellent schools, along with teachers and staff that make great learning environments possible. Round Rock ISD is a critical education partner in our efforts to engage workforce and connect graduates with career opportunities or ongoing education in our region. In a system serving more than 50,500 students, 6,400 faculty and staff, on 55 campuses, it takes engaging leaders to keep everyone moving forward together. Congratulations Dr. Flores!