LHISD waiting for approval to use Chisholm Trail water

Liberty Hill school officials say they are still waiting to hear from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regarding the school district’s application for release from the City’s water service area.

Superintendent Dr. Rob Hart told school trustees Monday that time is running short in that contractors are making progress on the construction of the new high school and athletic complex and it will soon be time to lay water and wastewater lines.

He said the district applied for wastewater service from the City in February, but has yet to receive approval. Hart said it will be less expensive to obtain water from Chisholm Trail Special Utility District, and is seeking permission from TCEQ to be served by that water system.

The City Council passed an ordinance last month that requires property owners who want wastewater service to annex into the city and also obtain water service from the City. The two entities remain at odds over who should provide water to the new school facility.

The district dug a water well at the site that officials say will be used for construction purposes.

“There is going to be a point in time where we are going to need to know something or we’re going to have to move, shift the design,” Hart said.

Also Monday, trustees heard a report on the Academic Excellence Indicator System. The report, which can be found on the school district’s website, www.libertyhill.txed.net, shows annual progress on test scores and various statistics by campus.

Claudeane Braun, director of curriculum, reported that the district’s dropout rate is .6 percent, which is below the state’s acceptable rate of 1.6 percent.

She said the report showed that 27.7 percent — one in four students — come from an economically disadvantaged family.

The report also showed data on disciplinary actions, student health and fitness and demographics. The education level and qualifications of professional staff, as well as salary comparisons are also included.

Also Monday, LHISD Athletic Director Jerry Vance recognized the accomplishments of Senior Susie Kemper, gold medal winner in State Cross Country.

“It’s really a great pleasure to introduce our resident State Champion,” Vance said. “She runs fast, real fast.”

In other business Monday, trustees:

*  Approved an audit report of the district’s finances, and

* Heard an update on Elementary School Readiness.