Leander ISD Board of Trustees Board Briefs

Leander ISD Board of Trustees Board Briefs
Posted on 07/24/2017
Leander ISD Board of Trustees Board Briefs

The Board of Trustees continued to evaluate a citizens’ recommendation for a possible bond election in meeting the needs of 1,100 new students each year. The District also presented on energy efficiency and the Superintendent’s performance goals during the July 20, 2017, regular Board of Trustees meeting.

Click here to review the entire agenda in the Board Packet.

Board hears public feedback report, debt strategy for possible Bond election

Trustees discussed public opinion after its Bond Advisory Committee (BAC) presented its recommendation for new facilities, capital projects, and technology last month (read the BAC report here). Dr. Robert Stein of Rice University presented the results of a phone survey (view the presentation here) that found 43 percent of registered voters support a proposed $454 bond package, while 18 percent oppose and 39 percent are undecided. The BAC proposal included construction of four new schools, a building expansion for a crowded Vandegrift High School, and purchase of land to accommodate future growth, projected to reach 50,781 students (12,627 total new students) by 2026, according to the annual demographics report (view the annual demographics report here).

If the Board calls for a November 07, 2017, election by the August 21 deadline, and if voters approve the referendum, the District plans to maintain its current tax rate. 

District showcases millions in savings from energy efficiency program

The District saved over $3.6 million between April 2016 through March 2017, according to an energy management report (click here to view the report). All 42 LISD schools qualify for Energy Star ratings. The District saw those savings from various programs, including the utilization of specific construction methods, such as insulated concrete tilt walls, artificial turf on athletic fields, low flow plumbing, and the use of native grasses.

Board approves Superintendent performance goals

Trustees finalized their 2017-18 goals and targets for Superintendent of Schools Dan Troxell, Ph.D. (view the goals here), including student academic growth, implementation of a social skills programs, and a focus on college and career readiness. Trustees set the District goals in May 2017 and aligned the Superintendent’s goals as part of his annual evaluation. In addition to student performance, the Board established goals tied to finances and a workplace environment with targeted continuous learning and leadership development initiatives for teachers and employees.

Date set for tax rate public hearing
Community members can speak to the Board on August 17 regarding the 2017-18 tax rate, proposed to maintain at its current level of $1.51187 per $10 valuation. LISD hosts its Board meetings at the Support Services building, 1900 Cougar County Drive in Cedar Park. Meetings start at 6:15 pm.

The Leander ISD School & Community Relations team publishes Board Briefs to provide staff, parents, community members, and students an overview of the Board’s actions during scheduled, public meetings. Meetings are recorded and presentations can be found online.