Legal Services

Public Information Act Requests

The Legal Services department works with campuses and departments to ensure legal compliance with state and federal laws, rules, regulations and board policies. Leander ISD upholds the principles of Open Government and complies fully with the Texas Public Information Act.

Texas Government Code 552.002(a) defines “public information” as information that is written, produced, collected, assembled, or maintained under a law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by a governmental body, or for a governmental body if the government body owns the information or has a right of access to it.

Public information may be requested from Leander ISD via the Legal Services Department. It is important to note that governmental entities are not required to respond to questions via the Texas Public Information Act; however, if available, records that would provide the answers to posed questions will be provided if not excepted from release via statute.

How to Request Public Information

Your request must be in writing and addressed to Public Information. Only written requests trigger a governmental body’s obligations under the Public Information Act.

  • Provide your full name and contact information including email/or fax (if available).
  • Provide a heading for your correspondence that reads “Public Information Request.”
  • Provide a detailed, precise description of the nature and scope of information you are seeking.
  • Requests should be for documents or other information that is already in existence.

Written requests may be submitted by:

Email: public.information@leanderisd.org
Fax: 512-570-9270
Mail: P.O. Box 218, Leander, TX 78646-0218
In Person: Public Information, Leander ISD, 204 West South Street, Leander, TX 

View the Texas Public Information Act
Public Information Act poster: English | Spanish

View LISD Policy GBAA (Legal)
View LISD Policy GBAA (Local) 

What to Expect After Making a Request

Once your request is received by Leander ISD Public Information, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your request. If you do not receive an acknowledgment that your request has been received, then Public Information has not received your request.

Due to the volume of requests received, Leander ISD Legal Services Department has a typical turnaround time of ten business days. In the event that processing your request will take longer than ten business days, Public Information will notify you of the projected time frame for completion.

The Texas Public Information Act allows a governmental body to recover costs relating to reproducing public information. Additionally, a request for copies that results in more than fifty pages may be assessed charges for labor, overhead, and materials. If the estimated charges will exceed $40.00, you will receive an itemized statement of estimated charges before any work is undertaken.

The following is a partial list of charges for copies of public information, as adopted by the General Services Commission:

  • Standard paper copy–$.10 per page
  • Oversized Paper copy–$.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

Tips for Submitting Common Public Information Requests

Bid Tab Request:

  • Always include the RFP Project Number and description of project when requesting bid tabulation for a project.
  • Documents responsive to requests for bid proposals may contain third party information, which could require an Attorney General ruling request. If that is the case, you will be notified in writing.

Student List Request:

  • Student directory information can only be released pursuant to Board Policy FL(LOCAL). For student list requests, always include the school name(s) and grade level(s) desired.
  • The information provided is ONLY for “unrestricted” students

Employee List Request:

  • Lists are limited to employees that have not opted out of having their information released to the public
  • Leander ISD Vendor Solicitation Rules

Requests for Emails:

In order to conduct a search for emails, the following information MUST be provided:

  • Correct spelling of name(s);
  • Specific time period (e.g., December 1, 2013-January 31, 2014);
  • Specific search terms (emails between Jane Doe and John Q. Public)
  • Specific Topic

Leander ISD software does not allow for district-wide searches.

For complaints regarding failure to release public information you may:

  • Contact your local County or District Attorney
  • Contact the Office of the Attorney General, Open Government Hotline at 512-478-6736 or toll-free at 1-877-673-6839.

If you need special accommodation pursuant to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact our ADA coordinator, P.O. Box 218, Leander, TX 78646. 
Version en español disponible con la receptionista.

 

Nondiscrimination Policy

Leander ISD is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons because of age, race, color, religion, disability, ethnic or national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status.

Leander ISD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

The following information is provided in response to 34 C.F.R. Part 106.8 of the 2020 Title IX Regulations, mandating notice of a nondiscrimination policy and adoption and publication of grievance procedures that provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of student and employee complaints. In accordance with Title IX, the district does not, and is required not to, discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs or activities.The requirement not to discriminate extends to employment. As a school district serving students in kindergarten through grade 12, the district is not subject to provisions in Title IX Regulations (Subpart C) prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in admissions and recruitment. However, the district does not discriminate on the basis of sex in admissions or transfer requests.

The district has designated and authorized the following employees as the Title IX Coordinators to address concerns or inquiries regarding discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and gender-based harassment: 

Bryan Miller – Title IX Coordinator (Students)
bryan.miller@leanderisd.org
204 W. South St.
Leander, TX 78641
Phone: 512-570-0150

Angela Patrick – Section 504/ADA Coordinator (Students)
angela.patrick@leanderisd.org
204 W. South St.
Leander, TX 78641
Phone: 512-570-0311

Karie Lynn McSpadden - Title IX and Section 504/ADA Coordinator (Employees)
karielynn.mcspadden@leanderisd.org
204 W. South St.
Leander, TX 78641
Phone: 512-570-0100

Any individual may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, at any time, including during non-business hours, by mail, phone, or email. 

During district business hours, reports may also be made in person. 

To view an electronic copy of the District’s Title IX policies, FFH(LEGAL) and (LOCAL) and DIA(LEGAL) and (LOCAL), please go to: www.leanderisd.org 

To obtain a copy of the District’s Title IX policies, including the grievance process that com-plies with 34 C.F.R. § 106.45(b) of the 2020 Title IX Regulations, please contact : 
Bryan Miller at 512-570-0150 or bryan.miller@leanderisd.org 

Upon receiving an allegation of sex-based harassment, the Title IX Coordinator will promptly respond in accordance with board policies FFH and DIA.

Inquiries about the application of Title IX may be referred to the district’s Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education, or both.

Leander ISD’s Title IX administrators have attended Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Muñoz P.C.’s “New Title IX Rules and Regulations” series. Materials from this series in compliance with Section 106.45(b)(10)(i)(D) of the regulations can be found here: http://www.edlaw.com/materials/new-title-ix-rules-and-regulations-materials.aspx

Policies

Board Policy

Policy OnlineLeander ISD's Board of Trustees (school board) sets the policies by which LISD operates. Much public school policy is set by state and federal law and listed within the Texas Education Code. These “Legal” policies and a set of corresponding “Local” policies make up the Leander ISD Policy Manual, available online for all parents and community members.

Board Policy Manual Online
Student Handbooks, Code of Conduct and Dress Code
Electronic Communication and Data Management — Acceptable Use Policy

Check Policy

Checks written to the school or any school organization must include on the front of the check the driver's license number and a valid telephone number. Post-dated and temporary checks are not accepted.

In the event that a check written to any Leander ISD campus, club, or organization is returned unpaid by a bank, Leander ISD or it's agent will redeposit your check electronically. Additionally, Leander ISD may electronically collect a returned check fee of $30.00 plus applicable sales tax. This fee is in addition to any fees your bank may charge. The use of a check for payment is your ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND ACCEPTANCE of this policy and its terms.

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