Latest News
12/8/23 – District Develops and Presents Attendance Zoning Recommendation
11/28/2023 – LISD Releases Third Scenario in Elementary Attendance Zoning.

Mission

Beginning in April 2023, the Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC) will serve in an advisory role to guide the district and ensure alignment with the Strategic Plan by:

  • utilizing the 10-year plan as a framework
  • engaging in shared learning about components and programs involved in long-range planning, and
  • assisting with community education and reciprocal communication strategies regarding long-range planning.

In January 2022, the Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC) was charged with developing a ten-year facilities plan, focused on student learning and anchored in our core beliefs that take
into consideration the following criteria:

  • student access to learning experiences that interest them
  • facility optimization
  • fiscal responsibility
  • changes in population over time

Ten-year Long-Range Plan (Updated 4/19/2023)

The 10-year plan utilizes a variety of approaches to prioritize fiscal responsibility by maximizing the usage of district facilities through strategic rezoning, optimization of facilities, and repurposing options. The Long-Range Planning Committee will update the 10-year plan annually based on the demographic data and capacity/facility review. (Click image to the right to expand.)

Committee Members

2023-24

LISD Board of Trustees

Trish Bode – Trustee, Place 1
Christine Mauer – Secretary, Place 3
Anna SmithVice-President, Place 4

LISD District Administrators

Matt Bentz – Chief Academic Officer
Chrysta Carlin – Asst. Supt., Pathways & Innovation
*Jimmy Disler – Chief Facilities Officer
Brandon Evans – Exec. Dir., Campus Support
Erin Garner – Senior Early Childhood Coordinator
*Bruce Gearing – Superintendent
*Sarah Grissom – Chief of Staff
Mike Howard – Director, Fine Arts Music Perf. Arts
Shannon Lombardo – Asst. Dir., Community Relations
Rachel Mackey – Exec. Dir., Human Resources
*Marty O’Neill – Business Solutions Developer

*non-voting members

LISD Campus Administrators

Deana Cady – Principal, Block House Creek Elem
Britteny Clifford – Principal, Steiner Ranch Elem
Clay Currier – Sr. Dir., Innovative Learning Programs/ Principal NHHS and ECHS
Christine Hilbun – Principal, Tarvin Elem
Melody Maples – Principal, Stiles MS
Jayme Spexarth – Assoc. Principal, Vandegrift HS
Wendy Sturdevant – Principal, Canyon Ridge MS

A selection of parents and students representing all feeder patterns in the district will also serve on the committee this year.

2022-23

LISD Board of Trustees

Trish Bode – President, Place 1
Christine Mauer – Member, Place 3
Anna SmithSecretary, Place 4

LISD District Administrators

Laurelyn Arterbury – Chief of Staff
Matt Bentz – Chief Academic Officer
Chrysta Carlin – Asst. Supt., Pathways & Innovation
Jimmy Disler – Chief Facilities Officer
Brandon Evans – Exec. Dir., Campus Support
Sarah Grissom – Chief of Schools
Mike Howard – Director, Fine Arts Music Perf. Arts
Shannon Lombardo – Asst. Dir., Community Relations
Rachel Mackey – Exec. Dir., Human Resources
Marty O’Neill – Business Solutions Developer

LISD Campus Administrators

Deana Cady – Principal, Block House Creek Elem
Britteny Clifford – Principal, Steiner Ranch Elem
Clay Currier – Sr. Dir., Innovative Learning Programs/ Principal NHHS and ECHS
Christine Hilbun – Principal, Tarvin Elem
Melody Maples – Principal, Stiles MS
Jayme Spexarth – Assoc. Principal, Vandegrift HS
Wendy Sturdevant – Principal, Canyon Ridge MS

2021-22

LISD Board of Trustees

Elexis Grimes – Secretary, Place 7
Aaron Johnson – Member, Place 6
Anna Smith – Member, Place 4

LISD District Administrators

Laurelyn Arterbury – Chief of Staff
Matt Bentz – Chief Academic Officer
Chrysta Carlin – Asst. Supt., Pathways & Innovation
Jimmy Disler – Chief Facilities Officer
Shannon Lombardo – Asst. Dir., Community Relations
Marty O’Neill – Business Solutions Developer

Committee Meetings

2023-24

Feb 13 – Agenda | Presentation Revised | Notes
Jan 16 – Agenda | Presentation | Notes
Dec. 7 – Zoom meeting
Nov. 14 – Agenda | Presentation | Notes
Oct.17 – Agenda | Presentation |Notes
Sept. 19 – Agenda | Presentation |Notes
Aug. 29 – Agenda | Presentation | Notes
July 25 – Agenda|Presentation|Notes
June 6 – Agenda|Presentation|Notes

2022-23

May 3 – Presentation
April 17 – Presentation
Mar. 7 – Presentation
Jan. 18 – Presentation
Nov .10 – Agenda

2021-22

May 31 – Agenda
May 10 – Agenda
April 18 – Agenda
Mar. 29 – Agenda
Mar. 1 – Agenda
Feb. 8 – Agenda
Jan. 25 – Agenda

Resources Used in Development

Community Feedback and Forums

Elementary Attendance Rezoning for ES#30 Opening

Scenario 2
Nov. 16, 2023 – Community Forum: Attendance Rezoning at Bagdad Elementar
Nov 15, 2023 – Community Forum: Attendance Rezoning at Tarvin Elementary

Scenario 1 – ThoughtExchange Feedback | In-person Feedback
Nov 8, 2023 – Community Forum: Attendance Rezoning at Plain Elementary
Nov 2, 2023 – Community Forum: Attendance Rezoning at Plain Elementary

Long-Range Plan Community Forums

April 12, 2023 – Community Forum: Long-Range Plan at Vandegrift HS
Mar 6, 2023Community Forum at VHS Presentation | ThoughtExchange Summary

Secondary Zoning for Relief Community ForumsPresentation

ThoughtExchange Summaries from each Forum:

Plan Parameters

Strengthen the student experience

  • Establish long-term stability
  • Access to choice options
  • Elementary: Honor neighborhood school concept
    Secondary: Honor neighborhood school concept where secondary schools are still able to meet the intent of the Long-Range Plan

Prioritize fiscal responsibility

  • Maximize usage of district facilities
    • Strategic rezoning
    • Optimization Opportunities
  • Defer timing of future construction

Demographic Report

The district receives an annual demographic report that predicts population shifts within LISD boundaries. This helps in planning for new facility construction and the balancing of staff and district resources.

Attendance Zoning

Leander ISD attendance zones outline where children in a particular neighborhood will attend elementary, middle or high school. Each October, Leander ISD receives an annual demographic update from Population and Survey Analysts (PASA). By studying student residential locations, potential growth and decline, housing trends, and economic factors inherent to the district, PASA considered the expected long‐term trends for the district and created a dataset to use in planning for the next 10 years.

Schools of Choice

In coordination with the long-range facilities planning board committee, a cross-functional group of district and campus leaders met to research possible schools of choice for Leander ISD.

A School of Choice is a public school offering specialized educational opportunities that utilize a non-conventional approach, designed to meet the diverse needs and interests of students throughout the LISD community in order to:

  • Provide choice and equitable access for students
  • Optimize varied educational opportunities for all students
  • Maximize efficiency in the use of school facilities, transportation, and other capital and operational resources

Plan Development Timeline

November 2021–April 2023

April 2023

April 27: Board Meeting: Long-Range Planning Committee Update
April 17: LRP Committee Meeting – Presentation

March 2023

March 23: Board Meeting: Long-Range Plan Presentation
March 7: LRP Committee Meeting: Presentation
March 6: LRP Community Forum at Vandegrift HS: News Article

February 2023

Community Forums – Secondary Zoning Process: Presentation & ThoughtExchange Summaries:
Feb. 28: Community Forum on Zoom
Feb. 27: Community Forum at Wiley MS
Feb. 15: Community Forum at Vista Ridge HS
Feb. 13: Community Forum at Henry MS
Feb. 8: Community Forum at Leander HS
Feb. 7: Special Board Meeting – LRP’s alignment with the CFAC Recommendation

January 2023

Jan. 26: Board Meeting: CFAC presented a Bond Recommendation to the Board of Trustees
Jan. 23: District Releases First Scenario in Secondary Zoning Process
Jan. 19: LRP Committee Meeting: Presentation

December 2022

Dec. 8: Board Meeting – Attendance Zoning Charter Approved for Middle Schools and High Schools

November 2022

Nov. 15: Special Board Meeting (Workshop)
Nov. 15: Principal/Admin Meeting: PASA report presented new 2022 data
Nov. 10: LRP Committee Meeting
Nov. 7: Cabinet Meeting: Present LRP with new PASA data

October 2022

Oct. 13: Board Meeting: Schools of Choice Survey Results

September 2022

Sept. 26:- CFAC Steering Committee and Subcommittee: Kick-Off Meeting

August 2022

Aug. 31: Schools of Choice Survey Communication
Aug. 25: Schools of Choice Committee Research and Considers options

June–July 2022

July 21: Board Meeting – School of Choice and LRP Update
June 23: Board Meeting – CFAC begins to prepare for a bond election
June 13: Board Meeting: News Article & Presentation to the Board

May 2022

May 23: Cabinet Meeting May 31 – LRP Committee Meeting 

  • Data requested regarding Travisso area exercise
  • Updated 10-year plan
  • Board presentation for June 9 (including SOC timeline)

May 10: Committee Meeting

  • Reviewed data from last meeting: enrollment projections in southern portion of the district
  • Discuss implications of NET zone vs. 2 mile walkout
  • Review enrollment projection data for central and northern portion of district
  • Schools of Choice discussion 

April 2022

April 18: Committee Meeting

  • Review a draft 10-year plan (for discussion)
  • Presented data requested from last meeting
  • Lots of discussion around relieving campuses that are over capacity, ways to maximize facilities and allow space for choice and provide stability

April 7: Board Meeting: Presentation

March 2022

March 29: LRP Committee Meeting

  • Updates provided by Transportation and Special Programs directors
  • Requested data was reviewed
  • Begin to work through exercises and draft a timeline

March 1: LRP Committee Meeting

  • Parameters defined
    • Zoning – NET zones 
    • Maximize facilities (minimize empty seats) 
    • Stability over time 
    • Feeder patterns 
    • Create space for choice 
    • Good stewards of taxpayer money 
  • Data needed by March 11
    • Land that we currently own 
    • Functional Capacity of each campus
    • Programs currently at each campus 
    • Transportation  
    • 10-year campus projections (from the first meeting) 
    • Portables on each campus 

February 2022

Feb. 8: LRP Committee Meeting 

  • CI tools to identify Code of Cooperation further define the Purpose

January 2022

Jan. 25: LRP Committee Meeting
Jan. 20: Initial District planning meeting 
Jan. 13: Board MeetingTrustees consider next steps to address growth

November–December 2021

Dec. 16: Board MeetingDistrictwide zoning exercise explores impacts of balancing campus enrollments
Nov. 18: Board Meeting Trustees discuss next steps to manage growth in wake of November bond election results