After 32 years with LHISD, Tredemeyer announces retirement

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Liberty Hill Elementary School Principal Jan Tredemeyer will retire in December. (Dana Delgado Photo)

Liberty Hill Elementary School Principal Jan Tredemeyer will retire in December. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON

Liberty Hill Elementary School Principal Jan Tredemeyer will retire in December after 32 years with the Liberty Hill school district and a 40-year career in public education.

Liberty Hill school trustees accepted Mrs. Tredemeyer’s resignation at their regular meeting Monday.

“I have four grandchildren and I want to do more things. It’s just time,” she said after the meeting. “But it will be hard to leave.”

Superintendent Rob Hart said the position will be posted immediately and the search will begin for a new principal.

Also Monday, trustees took the first step in what Dr. Hart described as a complicated process to sell the current administration building on State Highway 29.

According to state law, the school district must first offer the building to an open enrollment charter school in the district before it can be placed on the market for sale. In this case, Merridell Achievement Center is the only charter school in LHISD.

“This is kind of a private buyer thing. We have to offer it to them exclusively before we put it on the market,” said Hart. “They will have a 15-day timeline (to make an offer) from the time they get the bid packet.”

Hart added that the school district is not obligated under the law to sell the property to Merridell. It simply must offer it to them first.

The legislation requiring charter school exclusivity was passed in 2013 by State Rep. Dan Patrick, who is now a candidate for Lieutenant Governor. When the bill was first introduced, it allowed a charter school the opportunity to purchase school district property for $1, but that part of the bill conflicted with law that said public property could not be sold below market value.

After the process involving the charter school is completed, the administration building will be listed and publicized for 15 days, then a sealed bid process will be followed.

The district is currently renovating the former Liberty Hill Intermediate School, which will house central administrative offices beginning in February 2015.

Demolition on the interior of the building is complete and crews are now doing electrical and plumbing work, along with HVAC.

In other business, the Board heard a report from LHISD Special Programs Coordinator Sherry Hall regarding the school district’s campus safety and security report. The annual campus-level audit, which is a confidential document, is filed with the Texas School Safety Center in San Marcos. She said it consisted of 500 questions of campus administrators.

“There’s always room for improvements, but we feel good about the safety and security of our schools,” she said. “Our staff is trained for everything.”

The Board also adopted a series of local policy revisions resulting from legislative changes. Some of those related to employment practices, health and life insurance, records management and requests for information, as well as student records and interdistrict transfers.

The Board was also informed about the receipt of a grant in the amount of $2,325 from San Marcos Civic Foundation, which will be used to send 15 teachers and administrators to a Region 13 dyslexia conference.

Trustee Leslye Pogue was not present Monday.

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