At the January 24 Board of Trustees meeting, the Leander ISD administration recommended that the Board delay the opening of Officer Leonard Reed Elementary (Elementary #24). This recommendation came after the administration’s careful consideration and review of the continued budgetary constraints resulting from the 82nd Legislative school finance system cuts and the 2012 Population and Survey Analysts' demography report.
“Facing a fourth consecutive year of budget reductions, we believe that it is in the best interest of all LISD students to keep Reed Elementary closed for the coming 2013-14 school year. This decision will save our district about $600,000 during a time when such cost-saving measures must be thoroughly considered,” said Bret Champion, LISD superintendent.
“We currently have the capacity to house the students who would attend Reed Elementary in our present buildings without compromising their learning or safety. Some adjustments may need to be implemented, but as a fast-growth school district, we are accustomed to these processes and have successfully done so before without disrupting our education system.”
This latest decision to delay Reed Elementary marks the third time the district has had to delay the school’s opening. Five months before the school was originally set to open in August of 2011, LISD announced it would delay the opening for at least one school year in anticipation of sweeping budget cuts being handed down from the 82nd Texas Legislature. The financing cuts to LISD of $15 million in year one and $22 million in year two of the biennium, again forced the reduction of operational costs, and LISD administrators recommended to the Board in October of 2011 that LISD not open Reed Elementary for the 2012-13 school year. Due to the current uncertainty of the state's school finance system and ongoing litigation, and the unknown status of school finance system as the 83rd Legislature resumes its deliberations, the district is adopting every feasible cost avoidance measure.
Reed Elementary is located at 1515 Little Elm Trail in Cedar Park within the Red Oaks subdivision.
Several important Senate and House bills related to public education are being discussed by lawmakers during the 83rd Legislative session, bills addressing issues such as school finance, campus safety, assessment and accountability and school choice.
The most important things concerned citizens can do during this legislative session is voice your concerns to lawmakers and to stay informed of the Legislature’s developments. Learn who represents you and contact your lawmakers
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and track bills that matter to you. Review the LISD Administration’s Legislative priorities
Stay informed of these issues, get engaged in the process and support the students of Leander ISD.
As we gear up for the 2013-14 cheer season, please make note of the following dates and events:
|Pick up cheer tryout manuals and information packet from the Assistant Principal's office* AND the new online registration begins. Instructions for signing up online are located in the information packet
|Q and A session located at Rouse High School. Session is optional, but provides an opportunity to discuss your cheer questions. Session is from 7-8 PM, located in the auditorium at RHS.
|Q and A session located at Vandegrift High School. Session is optional, but
provides an opportunity to discuss your cheer questions. Session is from
7-8 PM, located in the auditorium at VHS.
|Last day to pick up manual and information packet AND to register online to be able to try out for cheer.
||Cheer try-outs. See information packet for more details.
*Notice: All eighth grade cheer candidates are to report to the assistant principal's office of the school that they will be attending as ninth graders, to pick up their packets.
Leander ISD is partnering with the American Heart Association
on Friday, February 1 to Go Red for Women
. Join LISD students, parents and staff and wear red on that day to help raise awareness about the threat of heart disease.
Why is the cause so important?
- Heart Disease is the #1 killer for men and women.
- Half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.
- 5.6 times as many women die each year from heart attacks as breast cancer.
Visit the Leander ISD Go Red for Women fundraising campaign
. LISD staff members who make a donation, will receive a Go Red for Women pin and earn a certificate to wear jeans all during the month of February. To learn more about lowering your risk of heart disease and stroke visit the LISD Go Red For Women
January is National Mentoring Month
, a time that highlights mentoring and the positive impact it can have on young lives. The month-long national campaign focuses attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith-based communities and non-profits—together can assure brighter futures for our students.
Interested in mentoring? Please complete the online volunteer application and criminal record check by visiting the online Volunteer Application
. Once approved, mentors will be required to attend a short mentor training before being matched with an LISD student. Upcoming training sessions are scheduled for: Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at Administration Building 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at Grandview Hills Elementary 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Already approved to mentor? Register for Mentor Training Here!
If you have questions regarding the LISD mentor program, please contact LISD Director of Community Relations Shannon Lombardo at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Second Annual Student Talent Show, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cedar Park, Leander ISD and the Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, is set for Friday, March 1, at the Don Tew Performing Arts Center at Leander High School. The Talent Show competition is open to all students in grades K through 12. There will be cash prizes for the winners and runners-up of each of the two divisions (K-6 and 7-12), as well as for the overall champion as selected by the judges.
Application forms and full event rules can be downloaded from the Talent Show page on the Rotary Club's website
. The application must be submitted along with the $10 application fee no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 19, 20 and 21. Please see the event rules for full information regarding the auditions.
Beginning January 21, 2013, surplus equipment will be available by auction. Items include: AV carts, file cabinets, overhead projectors, cassette players and recorders, boom boxes, televisions, projector screens, ball carts, monitor stands, pottery kiln, choir sound shells, chairs, old musical instruments, commercial food warmers and more.
(look for Leander ISD)
- Auction begins on January 21, 2013
- Preview on January 28, 2013
- Completes on January 30, 2013
- Pick-up dates: January 31, February 01, and February 06, 2013
- Pick-up location: 1900 Cougar Country Drive, Cedar Park.
All sales are as is and the buyer is responsible for the removal of their items.
LISD WILL NOT SHIP ITEMS. Please bring a vehicle that is adequate for transporting your item.
David Ishman/Warehouse Lead, 512-570-0602, email@example.com
Rick Jones/Asset Sales, 512-570-0628, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joey Garner/Distribution Manager, 512-570-0627, email@example.com
Leander ISD Fine Arts Director Peter Warshaw announced that 18 students were named to an all-state music organization by the Texas Music Educators Association.
“We are so proud of these talented students. They have worked extremely hard and demonstrated remarkable passion, determination and discipline throughout the entire audition process. They are now recognized as some of the top musicians in the state,” says Warshaw. “Their accomplishments spotlight the excellent fine arts programs offered in LISD.”
Fourteen LISD band members were honored as All-State: Austin Cernosek, Anthony Cortes, Nello Kotyuk, Peter Menchu, Courtney Regester, Johnny Theisen, and Anna Wessels from Cedar Park High School; Jonah Arias from Leander High School; and John Malito, Luke Hoeft, Will Doh, Victoria Lynn, Ben Hargrave and Helena Haddox from Vista Ridge High School.
Making the All-State Choir were Christian Vargas from CPHS and Christina Draughon, Alaina O’Laughlin and Nathan Wilgeroth from VRHS.
Being named All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive and comes after rigorous region- and area-level auditions.
These LISD students will join other all-state musicians from around the state to perform at the Texas Music Educators Convention in San Antonio next month.
January is School Board Recognition Month and Leander ISD is taking this opportunity to thank these local leaders for devoting time to support public education and serve our local schools as volunteers.
The Board of Trustees in LISD is responsible for setting district goals and reviewing the efforts to accomplish those goals, evaluating the superintendent, ensuring that students graduate college- and career-ready and maintaining public support and understanding of public education. The seven LISD school board members are elected at-large and receive no compensation for their work as public servants.
“It’s more important than ever before that the community shows support for public education. Board members face critical challenges in their roles as advocates for students, and they will continue to stand strong and guard against anything that takes away from our children and undermines our public schools,” said Bret Champion, Leander ISD superintendent.
“Even though we make a special effort each January to show appreciation to our board members, we realize their many contributions reflect a year-round commitment. They generously give of themselves to ensure that decisions directly affecting our local schools are made by representatives of our community, people who are close to our schools and know our teachers, parents and students. In these challenging times, they face difficult choices and shoulder critical responsibilities, yet always remain focused on student learning,” Champion said.
The board members serving Leander ISD are Pamela Waggoner, President; Russell Bundy, Vice President; Grace S. Barber-Jordan, M.Ed., Secretary; and members Don Hisle, Aaron Johnson, Lisa Mallory and Will Streit.
“LISD benefits from the contributions of the dedicated efforts of these local citizens who truly care about our kids. Serving as a crucial link between the community and classroom, this board is responsible for an annual budget of $237 million, 34,000 students, 4,200 employees and 38 campuses. We applaud their willingness to serve as advocates for our children and the voice of public education,” he said.
More information about the LISD Board of Trustees is available at www.leanderisd.org
. To contact the entire Board, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Leander ISD Business Services department was recognized at the Thursday, Dec. 20, Board of Trustee Meeting and presented with awards for Government Financial Officers Association Award for Excellence, Association of School Business Officials Certificate of Excellence and School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas Superior Achievement. The recognition highlights the department’s performance, high standards and demonstrated skill in financial management.
Leander ISD will be hosting a Parent Workshop on Human Sexuality on January 14, 2013, at 7 PM at Cedar Park High School lecture hall. This workshop will be open to anyone who would like to attend and find out more information on human sexuality topics as it relates to high school age students. The presentation will be given by Austin Lifeguard who is the content provider for the high school student human sexuality presentations delivered in the LISD Health classes. If you have any questions please contact Ray Langlois
, Assistant Director of Athletics, Health and Wellness, at 512-570-0168.
Due to the storm, power is down in several areas in the Leander ISD. Phones and internet will be down intermittently. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Register for After-School Enrichment Classes Now
We offer many diverse classes, filling both the academic and entertainment needs of the students in LISD. Check it out!
The Cedar Park High School Timberwolves were crowned Class 4A Division II State Football Champions after battling it out against the Lancaster High School Tigers at the Cowboy stadium in Dallas on Friday, December 21, 2012. The final score was Cedar Park 17, Lancaster 7. Congratulations to Coach Willis, the coaching staff and the 2012 Timberwolf football team on a fantastic season!