Board Briefs - Trustees hold public hearing on perfect financial report, adding new courses

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Board Briefs - Trustees hold public hearing on perfect financial report, adding new courses
Posted on 11/03/2017
Board Briefs

 Board Briefs

Leander ISD earned a perfect score on the state’s financial accountability system, Chief Financial Officer Lucas Janda explained during the public hearing at the Nov. 2 Board workshop.

LISD administration presented a list of comparison school districts  based on size, location and demographics  for measuring academic performance and salary planning. Finally, Trustees approved new high school courses and class-size waivers for some elementary schools to adjust for mid-year growth.

District rates perfect score for financial integrity

The Texas Education Agency completed its annual evaluation of LISD’s financial reporting and accountability, granting the district perfect scores in all 15 indicators of the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas. The 15 indicators, which total 100 possible points, includes financial reporting, completion of a clean financial audit, access to fund balance and ability to support long-term solvency. LISD has earned a perfect score and superior rating in all four years of the state’s FIRST system.

Board, superintendent discuss comparison school districts

For planning and goal-setting, Superintendent Dan Troxell, Ph.D., presented a list of school districts for the board to use as comparison districts for measuring academic performance and salary planning. LISD looked at size, demographics and proximity to major metropolitan areas to match it with 10 similar districts.

Board approves class-size waivers, discusses new high school courses

Trustees discussed four possible new high school courses, including Mandarin Chinese, International Baccalaureate Design Technology and UT On Ramps courses for College Algebra and Geoscience. Currently, high schools offer Mandarin online for students. Trustees will consider adding these courses at the Nov. 16 meeting. As LISD continues to add students as the school year continues, Trustees approved class-size waivers at Giddens Elementary School kindergarten, Whitestone and Parkside elementary schools for third grade, and Akin, Grandview Hills and Plain elementary schools for fourth grade. Districts must apply for waivers when classroom student-to-teacher ratios exceed 22:1 in grades K-4. Schools will request waivers to avoid moving students into a new classroom during the school year when the ratio is slightly exceeded.