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Board Briefs - Trustees meet with Leander City Council to discuss growth, infrastructure

Board Briefs - Trustees meet with Leander City Council to discuss growth, infrastructure
Posted on 10/20/2017
Board Briefs

Board Briefs 

Growth was the central theme of a joint meeting between the Leander City Council and the Leander ISD Board of Trustees. The two elected governing bodies hosted the joint meeting to discuss infrastructure, family services and bond projects required to accommodate 1,200 new LISD students per year and 17 new city residents per day.

Leander ISD encompasses several municipalities, including Leander and Cedar Park, as well as portions of Austin - in Four Points, Grandview Hills, Steiner Ranch and Avery Ranch. Georgetown, Jonestown, Liberty Hill, Round Rock and Volente are also under the LISD umbrella. The district and the city of Cedar Park hope to host a similar meeting in the future.

Please click here to review the entire Board Agenda Packet.

Council, Board discuss growth, LISD bond

Superintendent Dan Troxell, Ph.D., presented material and answered questions regarding the Leander ISD bond proposition, which residents will vote on beginning Oct. 23. Council members asked questions about how the district forecasts growth and its ability to adjust projects if growth does not meet projections. Trustees emphasized the district’s ability to match the life of bonds to the life of the asset. For example, when LISD borrows money to purchase laptops – an item that teachers and students can use for approximately five years – it pays off the equipment in five years. As part of a preliminary demographics report, LISD is now the 10th-fastest growing district in the state of Texas. LISD will present its complete demographer report in November.

City shares updates on road projects

Access to schools and neighborhoods in the city of Leander should improve with projects on Bagdad Road, Hero Way West, and Raider Way/Woodview Drive. Workers will finish the Bagdad Road project, which includes widening the road and adding sidewalks between West Hero Way and Collaborative Way near Glenn High School, in November 2018. The city plans to complete the widening project of West Hero Way, starting at Lakeline Road and continuing to Highway 183, in November 2017. That plan also includes sidewalks and a walking trail. The Raider Way and East Woodview Drive project – including the widening of the road, addition of sidewalks and bike lanes and street lighting – will begin start in 2019 with scheduled completion in less than a year.

LISD counseling team presents mental health outreach strategies

Counselors and teachers throughout LISD implemented new programs to ensure students receive social skills support. Director of a Counseling Services Steve Clark spoke about the initiative at all high schools for counselors to lead annual, one-on-one sessions with every student and his or her parents or guardians. Elementary schools launched Second Step, a collection of instructional resources supporting teacher-led lessons on kindness, anti-bullying and social interaction. LISD will also host outreach events to connect parents with information to support teenage students with depression.