Legal Services

The Legal Services Department is committed to provide resource services which will result in compliance with statutory requirements as well as development and adherence to district policies, regulations and procedures. The department will strive to facilitate the cooperative informal resolution of conflicts
Geraldine Crane
Executive Assistant, Legal Services
Lindsey McPheeters
Associate Director, Employee Relations and Compliance
Valerie Hill
Coordinator, Legal Services
Stacy Rawlins
Specialist, Legal Services
Sandra Carpenter
General Counsel
Executive Assistant:
Geraldine Crane
512-464-5036 (p)

Our Services

Open Records Request

Phone: (512) 464-5054 Fax: (512) 464-5956

Board Policy GBA (Legal) states:

  • “Public information” means information that is collected, assembled, or maintained under a law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by the Board or for the Board and to which the Board has a right of access. Gov’t Code 552.002(a)

All requests for information are handled in writing. You may submit your request by:

  • Mail or in person: Legal Services 1311 Round Rock Avenue Round Rock, Texas 78681
  • E-mail:  Open Records Request
  • Fax: 512-464-5956

Charges for Public Information

The following is a partial summary of the charges for copies of public information as adopted by the General Services Commission.

  • Standard paper copy–$.10 per page
  • Diskette–$1.00 each;
  • VHS video cassette–$2.50 each;
  • Audio cassette–$1.00 each;
  • Oversized Paper copy–$.50 each;
  • Other–Actual cost
  • Labor charge:For programming–$28.50 per hour;
  • For locating, compiling, and reproducing–$15 per hour
  • Overhead charge–20% of labor charge
  • Miscellaneous supplies–Actual cost
  • Postage and shipping charge–Actual cost

For the complete list go to: Chapter 70.3 of the Texas Administrative Code

Directory Information

“Directory information” means information contained in an education record of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Directory information includes, but is not limited to, the student’s name, address, telephone listing, electronic mail address, photograph, date and place of birth, dates of attendance, grade level, enrollment status, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, honors and awards received, and the most recent educational agency or institution attended.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

Complete FERPA

Round Rock Independent School District is an equal opportunity employer and provides educational programs and services which do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, religion, disability, gender, ethnic or national origin, or against any other legally protected group. RRISD prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with a disability.

Sex discrimination in public education, including sexual harassment, is prohibited under Title IX. Complaints under Title IX may be filed in accordance with RRISD Board Policies FNG (Legal and Local) and/or may be directed to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 1999 Bryan Street, Suite 1620, Dallas, Texas, 75201, (214) 661-9600. Filing deadlines may be applicable. Retaliation for filing a Title IX complaint is prohibited by law.

Policies for filing a complaint (Freedom from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation):

RRISD Title IX coordinator: Lindsey McPheeters (512) 464-5451 Governmental Relations

ADA coordinator for Employess: Lindsey McPheeters (512)-464-5451

ADA coordinator and 504 coordinator for Students: Marie Gonzales (512)-464-5140

Director, Safety & Security Mario De La Rosa (512) 464-5454

Students whose behavior shows disrespect for others, including interference with their access to a public education and a safe supportive learning environment, will be subject to appropriate discipline action.

Disciplinary expectations; actions and consequences are explained in the Student Code of Conduct which is provided to all students and parents annually and may be accessed on line. It is developed in compliance with laws, policies and regulations.

In order to meet the district goal of safe, orderly and nurturing schools, the school, home and community must work together to support students’ adherence to the Student Code of Conduct.

Student-Parent Handbook & Student Code of Conduct Texas Education Code – Chapter 37 (The TxEd Code may not reflect all of the recent Legislative changes.) RRISD Board Policies

DAEP Removal Appeals are filed by parents and/or students. Policy FOC (Local) references the procedures for filing an appeal.

Procedures for DAEP Removal Appeals

The parent/student may appeal the campus decision by filing an appeal with the Legal Services Department within five days after the receipt of the removal order.

Grievance/Complaint

Grievances are filed by employees. Policy DGBA (Local) references the procedure for filing a grievance.Complaints are filed by parents and/or students. Policy FNG (Local) references the procedures for filing a complaint.

Public complaints regarding the district’s policies, procedures, or operations are referenced in policy GF (Local).

  • Informal Resolution From the date the grievant/complainant knew or should have known of the concern, there is a 15-day period during which the grievant/complainant must inform the employee’s supervisor/principal of the concern and attempt an informal resolution. If there is no informal resolution after 15 days, no later than the 15th day from the date the grievant/complainant knew or should have known of the concern, the grievance/complaint must be filed. If the grievance/complaint is filed after the 15th day, it is untimely and shall be considered concluded.Level IThe employee/parent or student shall describe in the initial Level I grievance/complaint the efforts made towards informal resolution of the grievance/complaint. If the supervisor/principal determines that the employee/parent or student has not made a good faith effort to resolve the grievance/complaint informally, the supervisor/principal, in writing, may reject the grievance/complaint, instruct the employee/complainant to seek informal resolution, and set a new date for filing of the grievance/complaint if the supervisor/principal determines that the employee/complainant has not made a good faith effort to informally resolve the grievance/complaint.

    Level II

    The employee/complainant may appeal the Level I decision by filing an appeal with the Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee within ten days after the receipt of the response at Level I.

    Level III

    The employee/complainant may appeal the Level II decision to the Board at the next available regularly scheduled Board meeting by filing a Level III appeal within ten days after receipt of the Level II response.