Board Briefs: District of Innovation study, more

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Board Briefs: District of Innovation study, more
Posted on 12/08/2017
Leander ISD Board of Trustees Board Briefs

Leander ISD Board of Trustees Board Briefs

Leander ISD will continue to explore options for adjusting its academic calendar following the Board of Trustees’ approval for the formation of a District of Innovation design committee. Construction will start on several projects from the 2017 bond, including the selection of architect and construction crews for Elementary School #27 in the Larkspur community. Finally, the Board discussed options for increasing bus driver compensation and benefits to improve recruitment and retainment as LISD faces a 35-driver shortage.

Learn more about the meeting below or click here to review the entire agenda packet.

Board continues path for District of Innovation

Trustees approved the formation of a design committee for a District of Innovation (DOI) plan, limiting the committee, comprised of parents, teachers and community members, to focus on the academic calendar. While other school districts have used DOI to adjust instructional and staffing rules set by the state of Texas, LISD will continue its study to strictly consider starting the school year earlier than the fourth monday in August. The process, which will include a 30-day public review of the plan prior to the Board’s final vote, could end as early as February, with a calendar recommendation in early March 2018. If the Board approves a DOI plan limited to calendar flexibility, a future Board could consider adding additional exemptions; however, the district would need to restart the process, including community feedback and participation of a community committee.

Trustees approve project list, design plans for next elementary school

Construction for Elementary School #27 is planned for the Larkspur neighborhood to relieve Plain and Pleasant Hill elementary schools. LISD will use its prototype design for the new school, opening in August 2019 with a similar layout to Akin, Camacho and Reed elementary schools. Schools can expect projects from the 2017 Bond to start design and construction in early 2018 with completion as early as August 2018.

District discusses compensation plans to address bus driver shortage

LISD needs 35 additional bus drivers, as currently licensed mechanics, routers and transportation managers serve students by driving buses each day, in addition to employees working overtime. Trustees discussed referral and attendance financial incentives, as well as a mid-year pay rate increase for current and new bus drivers to recruit more drivers. The recommendation would cost $205,625, pending Board approval, which could come as a budget amendment in a January 2018 meeting.