The Liberty Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Liberty Hill ISD produced the first Education Progress Report for Liberty Hill and presented it during a luncheon of the Austin Chamber of Commerce last week.
Each year, the Austin Chamber leads efforts to track school district performance in the region and determine the number of students prepared for college or enrolled in institutions of higher education.
This is the first year that Liberty Hill has been represented. Attending the luncheon on behalf of the Chamber were Randy O’Dell of Shin Oak Realty, Chamber Board member Valerie Zapien and Board Chairman Bob Calvisi. Representing the school district was Sherry Hall, coordinator of Curriculum and Special Programs.
“The Liberty Hill Chamber chose to create this partnership with the Austin Chamber in order to enhance the current level of communication between the school district and the business community,” Mrs. Zapien explained. “The (Liberty Hill) Chamber hopes to further collaborate with the school district in setting goals that consider the future market place needs and talent base of Liberty Hill.”
Mrs. Zapien said the Chamber plans to use the report as a resource for those interested in moving to Liberty Hill.
“Not only because of the important data and statistics it provides, but because it allows the Chamber to brag about how well our school district is doing,” she added.
Mrs. Zapien said the intent of the Education Progress Report is to compare school district performance to community expectations, not to other districts in the area or across the state.
O’Dell, who brought the opportunity to the attention of the local Chamber, said Liberty Hill was one of 12 school districts represented at the Austin event.
“I had gone to a realtor lunch about a year ago and the Eanes Superintendent (was speaking) and mentioned the Eanes Progress Report several times. I got to thinking it would be something our school district needed to get involved in,” O’Dell said.
After learning what it took to get involved, he contacted school district administrators who were interested in getting involved.
“I connected the school, LH Chamber and the Austin Chamber together and this report was the end result,” O’Dell said.
The report is posted on the Austin Chamber of Commerce business website at www.austinchamber.com.
Mrs. Zapien said the report will also be distributed to LHISD parents and to existing and prospective Chamber members.
“This is major for business relocation to the Austin area,” O’Dell said.