Neighborhood news bits: RISD success, West Nile, adaptive rowing, J.C. Penney

Lake Highlands High School is part of the Richardson ISD
Lake Highlands High School is part of the Richardson ISD

Despite high rates of low-income families and other challenges, Richardson ISD is receiving some good buzz following recent release of accountability ratings.

KERA talked to superintendent Kay Waggoner, students, parents and teachers about the district’s success. The willingness to innovate seems to play a large role in RISD’s good grades.

“Again and again you hear the residents of Richardson say they just expect their schools to be great. Not good. Great.

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And state ratings indicate most are, even though Richardson receives some of the lowest per student funding in Dallas County, and more than half its students are considered low income …”

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True Value’s Gecko Hardware in Lake Highlands sells green products, including MosquitoDunks, regarded as a safer, more-surgical approach to killing mosquito larvae
True Value’s Gecko Hardware in Lake Highlands sells green products, including MosquitoDunks, regarded as a safer, more-surgical approach to killing mosquito larvae

A case of West Nile Virus was reported in Oak Cliff this week, but a piece in the Morning News notes that “Northeast Dallas County appears to have more infected pools than in other areas.” That’s pretty close to home. Dr. Christopher Perkins, the county’s medical director, advised residents, via the News, to protect themselves.

“The first line of defense to prevent West Nile virus infection is to avoid getting bitten in the first place,” he said. Such measures also include removing outdoor standing water, where mosquitoes can breed. Windows and doors also should be mosquito-proofed to keep the insects out of the house. Our neighborhood’s Gecko Hardware in Northlake shopping Center (Northwest and Ferndale) sells eco-friendly mosquito repellent.

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An encouraging story about adaptive rowing at White Rock Lake appeared in the Morning News this week. [Check out the Advocate story about adaptive rowers from our neighborhood here.] Adaptive rowing generally is for active people who have a physical limitation that prevents them from performing traditional exercises.

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J.C. Penney is working hard to stay relevant and profitable. The Dallas Business Journal reports that the company is making some moves to prevent a possible takeover “while they are trying to fix it.” The Lake Highlands-area J.C. Penney is located on Skillman at Northwest Highway.

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  • Good catch, sdm. We’ve fixed it now. Thanks.

  • sdm

    I believe you meant J. C. Penney.