LHISD Board honors UIL students, adopts policy updates

By SHELLY WILKISON

Liberty Hill school trustees on Monday recognized elementary-age children who participated in this year’s UIL academic contests.

For the eleventh year, second through fifth graders attending Bill Burden Elementary and Liberty Hill Intermediate schools have brought home the district championship in the UIL elementary division.

Students who participated in the January event were recognized during the monthly Board meeting Monday, which was held at Burden Elementary.

Intermediate School Principal Kathy Major said Liberty Hill schools continue to earn high marks at the academic competitions because “we just do it right each and every time, and we do it together.”

The UIL students have been featured in stories and photos in previous editions of The Independent.

Also Monday, the Board adopted policy changes recommended by the Texas Association of School Boards as a result of actions taken during the 2011 legislative session.

Among those policies was one that prohibits the district from discriminating against an employee or potential employee who has filed personal bankruptcy.

Another update provides for teachers to receive their five state-provided personal days at the beginning of the school year. In the past, teachers have earned one-half day for each 18 days worked.

Another policy prohibits the district from prosecuting a student who is 18 or older from missing five days or more in a semester. Superintendent Rob Hart explained that because the student is an adult, he or she may not be charged with truancy. However, the student may be withdrawn from school for excessive absences.

Trustees also approved the Instructional Materails Allotment and TEKS Certification for 2013-2014. The district chooses from a state-adopted list of approved instructional materials each year — a process similar to the adoption of textbooks.

The Board also approved an interlocal agreement with Round Rock Independent School District for use of Round Rock’s regional day school for local deaf students. The agreement applies to the 2013-2014 academic year.

Following a 35-minute executive session, the Board accepted the resignation of third grade teacher Alexa Kennedy and renewed the contracts of professional personnel for the 2013-2014 academic year.

During the public comments portion of the meeting, Nyla Miller asked the Board to consider adding an athletic period at the high school for tennis beginning in fall 2013.

The mother of three high school tennis players, Mrs. Miller said Liberty Hill is one of the few schools in District 8-3A that does not have a tennis athletic period.

“The additional practice time is needed to help students get stronger and increase stamina,” she said, adding that the new high school will have the facilities to provide the additional instruction.

As an item for information, Hart said student enrollment is at 2,889 — up 16 students since the Board’s last meeting on Feb. 18. The district’s enrollment has increased by 150 students since school ended in June 2012.

Trustee Mike Bowles was not present Monday.