Superintendent

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Bret A. Champion, Ed.D.
Dr. Bret A. Champion became Leander ISD’s Superintendent of Schools on Feb. 1, 2008. He is a former Leander ISD teacher, assistant principal and principal, and he most recently served as Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services. Champion is in his 22nd year with Leander ISD.

Champion was a member of the second corps of the "Teach For America" program, which recruits and trains teachers to serve in low-income communities. Champion’s first teaching positions were in inner-city schools in Houston, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He received his Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) from the University of Texas, his Masters in Education (M.Ed.) from Texas State University, and his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Houston.

Champion’s wife, Marcee, is an adjunct professor at Austin Community College. Their sons, Alan and Nicholas, are graduates of Leander ISD and are attending college.
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Current Superintendent Column

Gearing Up for 2015-16 School Year

Week of: July 28, 2015

Drive past a Leander ISD campus these days, and you will likely see that the district is already gearing up for the 2015-16 school year. With just a few weeks of summer remaining, district staff are hard at work preparing to welcome our students back to school on Monday, Aug. 24. And just like our staff, we know parents and students are preparing for the coming school year, too.

These final weeks of summer are often filled with back-to-school tasks like shopping, as families get the supplies and clothing needed for school. August 7-9, Texas shoppers will get a break from state and local sales taxes during the state's annual tax holiday. Most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 will be exempt from sales and use taxes. (Visit the Texas Comptroller’s website http://comptroller.texas.gov/­­­ for specific information about the tax-free holiday.)

If your child will be a new student in LISD next year, and you have not yet registered him or her for school, now is a great time to take care of that step. Accurate enrollment numbers help the district plan appropriately for the coming year, so the sooner parents register their children for school, the more helpful it is for LISD. Currently, the district has about 36,500 students enrolled, but we know more students will register in the coming weeks. We are excited to welcome all new students and their families, regardless of when they are able to register for school.

When parents register their child for school, they are encouraged to use our new online student registration process through txConnect. This process will allow parents to complete the enrollment form at home and print it along with the remaining forms necessary for student registration. Once parents have completed the online process and printed out the required forms, they simply need to complete the registration process at their child’s campus.  Please contact your child’s campus for more information about registering new students. You will need to bring your child’s birth certificate, social security card, immunization records, a photo ID of the parent/guardian and proof of residency (i.e. electric or water bill, etc.) with you when you register your child.

With school just around the corner, you may consider helping your child make learning connections to the real world. You can create and embrace teachable moments and make learning a natural part of your child’s day. If you are looking for fun ways to fill the last days of summer and make more memories with your children, the Central Texas area is home to a variety of attractions that provide valuable insight into U.S. and Texas history, natural sciences and a whole host of other topics. With resources including presidential museums, our state capitol, beautiful parks and nature trails, the nearby tourist-friendly caves, the area’s museums and art galleries, and several venues for viewing native Texas wildlife, LISD families will never run short of learning activities.

And of course, there’s still plenty of time for your child to enjoy a book and get in some more summer reading. Reading for pleasure is a simple activity that can help ensure your student will begin the school year on the right foot.

Remember that we have all of the back-to-school information you need on the LISD website at www.leanderisd.org.  I hope you and your family enjoy these last few weeks of summer.

We’ll see you soon!