Board Briefs: Trustees Approve 2018-19 Calendar

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Board Briefs: Trustees Approve 2018-19 Calendar
Posted on 02/16/2018
Leander ISD Board of Trustees Board Briefs

Leander ISD Board of Trustees Board Briefs


The Board of Trustees approved the 2018–19 academic calendar, signed off on the purchase of  three sponsor-supported video scoreboards for Bible, Gupton and Monroe regional stadiums and granted LISD the borrowing authority to fund bond projects through January 2019 during its Feb. 15 meeting.

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Board approves academic calendar for 2018–19 school year

LISD administration utilized several teacher, community and parent committees to provide guidance in developing calendar options for the 2018–19 school year. After taking into account feedback from hundreds of families, the Board opted to become a District of Innovation for calendar relief and adopted Calendar B, which calls for school to start Aug. 16 and finish May 31. For future consideration of the district's Innovation Plan, LISD's intent will always be to follow the same process as the adoption for District of Innovation. The LISD Board demonstrated that intent through the motion from the Dec. 7 meeting directing the innovation committee and the language in the innovation plan. In approving District of Innovation Feb. 15, the board also included language in the motion to further state their intent to follow the same process.

District to install video scoreboards at regional stadiums, Bible, Gupton and Monroe

To improve stadium experience, create career learning experiences for students and generate additional revenue for Leander ISD, the Board approved the purchase and installation of sponsor-supported video scoreboards at its regional athletic stadiums for the 2018-19 school year at a cost of $1,895,844. The School Community Relations team would sell approximately $130,000 in sponsorships per board to cover the costs, paying off the boards in six to seven years. Based on peer districts, the boards can last up to 15 years, equaling total net revenue of $2,866,956 for the three boards.

District takes next steps for constructing new schools, renovations

Architects and construction managers will be getting started on eight bond 2017 projects after the Board approved their selections. Projects in the meeting included Cedar Park Middle, Leander High, Glenn High, Vandegrift High, Vista Ridge High, Elementary 28 and the new transportation center for the northern part of LISD. Trustees also authorized the district to borrow $81 million to cover the first round of projects. To minimize the impact on the tax rate and to effectively manage projects, LISD spreads its bond projects across multiple bond sales.