Board Briefs: March 8, 2019

Board Briefs: March 8, 2019
Posted on 03/08/2019

 board briefs

 

The Board of Trustees considered middle school zoning scenarios, the authorization of LISD’s next bond sale and the latest construction around the district at its March 7 meeting.

To review the entire agenda, please click here.

 

Discussions continue on attendance zoning with the opening of Danielson Middle School   

The Board will see an additional 2020–21 attendance zone scenario during its April 4 meeting after discussing Scenario B, which focused on keeping student groups together from middle to high school and relieving crowded schools. The process is part of the district’s preparations to open Danielson Middle School, across from Glenn High School, in 2020.

Trustees advised the administration to consider additional changes to Scenario B to keep larger groups of fifth-grade students together as they transition from elementary to middle school. Those potential changes include rezoning:

  • Avery Ranch neighborhoods west of Parmer Lane from Stiles Middle School to Henry Middle School; and

  • North Buttercup Creek neighborhoods from Henry to Cedar Park Middle School and from Vista Ridge High School to Cedar Park High School.

The district is on pace to approve 2020–21 attendance zoning changes in May 2019. Leander ISD will hold two public forums to collect community feedback following the Board’s recommendation of a single zoning scenario at a future board meeting.

For more information about the Leander ISD attendance zone adjustment process, please visit www.leanderisd.org/msaz.

Board approves LISD’s second bond sale from 2017 Bond   

Trustees approved the district’s issuance of school construction bonds, the second new money sale for use on projects approved as part of the 2017 Bond. The key aspects of the bond order include:

  • Maximum amount of bond sale is $99,420,000

  • Maximum maturity date of the bonds is 30 years

  • Maximum interest rate of the bonds is 5.50%

  • Pricing officers shall include Board President, Board Vice-President, Superintendent, and CFO

  • Bond which may not be used are capital appreciation bonds, convertible capital appreciation bonds, and variable rate bonds

The sale will fund multiple bond projects, including funding of the new school buses (50 general education buses, 7 special education buses) that will feature air conditioning.

 

Construction on time, on budget across the district

The district’s construction update includes progress at the district’s two newest schools, as well as the North Transportation Center, Glenn High School Ag facility, Leander Middle School and Cedar Park High School.

In March, Larkspur Elementary School is slated to see the completion of steel erection in various areas, slab pouring for metal decking, final site grading and the continuance of sheetrock and painting work. Danielson Middle School will soon have completed building pad preparation, grade beam excavation and continued underground electrical and site utilities.

The HVAC and classroom construction projects at Leander HS continue, with roofing, waterproofing and ductwork underway in March. Likewise, the athletic facility renovations and science classroom construction at CPHS will feature completed roofing and framing/sheathing.

Finally, 10 elementary schools (Bagdad, Block House Creek, CC Mason, Cox, Cypress, Faubion, Giddens, Knowles, Naumann, Whitestone) will have upgraded traffic gates by the end of the month.