Jan. 23, 2023 1st Scenarios Released in Secondary Zoning
Jan. 13, 2023 – First Step in Long-Range Plan is Underway, Zoning for Secondary School Relief

Purpose

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

Committee Members

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
Federico Collazo – Director, Custodial Services
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
Gina Mitschke – Director, Budget & Compliancee

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

Committee Meeting Dates and Agendas

2022-23

Nov 10 – Agenda

2021-22

January 25 – Agenda
Feb 8 – Agenda
March 1 – Agenda
March 29 – Agenda
April 18 – Agenda
May 10 – Agenda
May 31 – Agenda

Resources Used in Development

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
    • Modified Utilization
  • 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

Ten-year Long-Range Plan

The 10-year plan utilizes a variety of approaches to prioritize fiscal responsibility by maximizing the usage of district facilities through strategic rezoning and modified utilization of identified facilities. The Long-Range Planning Committee will update the 10-year plan annually based on the demographic report. (Click image to the right to expand.)

Plan Development Timeline

Oct – Dec 2022

Dec 8 – Board Meeting

Nov 15 – Principal/Admin Meeting

  • PASA report presented new 2022 data

Nov 15 – Special Board Meeting (Workshop)

Nov 10 – LRP Committee Meeting

Nov 7 – Cabinet Meeting

  • Present LRP with new PASA data

Oct 13 – Board Meeting

  • Schools of Choice Survey Results

July – Sept 2022

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

  • Review Charter and Purpose/Role of Steering Committee and Subcommittees
  • Review Bond Study Process and Demographic Update
  • Updated the Board on LRPC 10-year plan
  • Presented potential Schools of Choice
    • STEM grades 9-12
    • Health professions high school
    • Fine arts school K-8
    • Design school grades K-12,
    • Mastery based learning school
    • International business high school,
    • Ready, Set, Teach Academy grades K-12
  • Board approves CFAC process timeline and Charters
    • September: Kick-off meetings will begin
    • Mid-November: Recommendations from subcommittees to the steering committee 
    • January 2023: Recommendations will be brought to the Board of Trustees 
    • Feb. 17, 2023: deadline to call an election
    • May 6, 2023: Election day

Aug 31 – Schools of Choice Survey Communication

  • Survey sent to community for feedback
  • Deadline to submit Sept. 19

Aug 25 – Schools of Choice Committee Research and Considers options

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

July 21 – Board Meeting

Apr – June 2022

June 23 – Board Meeting

June 13 – Board Meeting

  • Updated the Board on committee progress
  • Presentation to the Board

May 23 – Cabinet Meeting

  • Updated Cabinet

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 

Apr 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

Apr 7 – Board Meeting

Tasked with creating a 10-year long-term plan to help address future needs, the committee made up of administrators and board members has met four times since the beginning of the year. Their area of focus surrounded the purpose and guidelines of maximizing facility utilization. Presentation to the board

Jan – Mar 2022

Mar. 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

Mar. 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 

Feb. 8 – LRP Committee Meeting 

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

Jan. 25 – LRP Committee Meeting

  • Establish purpose and operational guidelines
  • ISD Board Members – Elexis Grimes, Aaron Johnson, Anna Smith 
  • LISD District Administrators – Laurelyn Arterbury, Matt Bentz, Chrysta Carlin, Jimmy Disler, Shannon Lombardo, Corey Ryan 

Jan. 20 – Initial District planning meeting 

  • to make a plan and structure for committee work.

Jan. 13 – Board Meeting

Trustees consider next steps to address growth

The district will take steps to consider districtwide attendance zoning changes for the 2023-24 school year, but not the plans created in the zoning exercise from December 2021. The first step will be establishing criteria to guide the discussion. Those criteria determine the focal points for zoning decisions, including: 

  • Relieve overcrowding, reduce class size, reduce student-to-teacher ratio.
  • Proximity to school, keeping neighborhoods together.
  • Minimizing change without rezoning students multiple times.
  • Keeping feeder patterns as pure as possible (elementary schools to middle schools to high schools).
  • Building efficiency.
  • Leave existing programs at the campuses they are located.

Nov – Dec 2021

Dec. 16 – Board Meeting

Districtwide zoning exercise explores impacts of balancing campus enrollments

Growth is coming and we must manage it. The district’s facilities team conducted a zoning exercise showing what an attendance zoning scenario could look like if we prioritize balancing enrollments and maximizing building utilization. We have not formally started an attendance zoning process and this discussion is intended to inform decision-making regarding future elections and facilities master planning. Key features of this exercise include:

  • Impacts 10,000 students, including moving campuses multiple times,
  • Requires to build fewer schools (with regards to the most recent bond, it removes the need for more high school capacity, adds just two elementary schools and delays the need for a 10th middle school), and
  • Adds specific impacts to transportation, program and operational needs.

Trustees directed the administration to bring back more information on zoning factors, such as parameters to keep kids closer to their school, transportation impacts, and creating schools of choice to balance enrollments. 

Nov. 18 – Board Meeting 

Trustees discuss next steps to manage growth in wake of November bond election results  

We’re exploring our options in the wake of the November 2 bond election. Voters approved only one of three propositions (Prop B, which focused on technology replacement), leaving questions to answer in how to accommodate the continuing growth in our district. Options to address this challenge include: 

  • using fund balance (the district’s savings account), 
  • reallocating operational budget (currently used predominantly for staffing), 
  • redrawing attendance zones to balance enrollments, 
  • utilizing portable classrooms and buildings, or 
  • calling another bond election.