LHISD bond presentation slated for November

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By Lauren Jette

The Liberty Hill school board approved a new teaching position at the elementary school, recognized school principals for “Principals Month” and heard an update about bond preparation during a regular meeting on Monday night.

Superintendent Dr. Robert Hart told board members that a bond proposal will be presented at the November meeting.

In August, the board approved an architect firm to begin plans on a new elementary school. Dr. Hart said he, along with Assistant Superintendent Chad Pirtle and IPM Coordinator Andy Pogue, have been meeting with the architect “almost daily” about general details for an elementary school, such as materials the district prefers to use and the standards they expect for the building.

Since the end of the previous school year to the start of the current year, Dr. Hart said the district had gained 201 new students. The district will submit enrollment numbers to UIL on Oct. 30, with the cutoff numbers for each classification being published in December. Liberty Hill won’t know for sure about their new alignment until UIL releases that on Feb. 1, 2016, Hart explained.

In the last bond package adopted by voters in 2010, concerns about the junior high and high school campuses were addressed. Now, concerns about the elementary levels need to be looked at, Dr. Hart said.

Bill Burden Elementary School was built to hold 800 students and currently has 779 students.

“They are one class away from being full,” Dr. Hart said.

In addition to all the growth at campuses, more teaching positions are also needed.

The board unanimously approved the position of a new elementary behavior teacher.

Dr. Hart also shared policy updates stemming from new legislation passed during the recent legislative session. Board members accepted and approved the updates. A couple of the updates Dr. Hart shared included House Bill 10, which now measures instructional time in minutes, not days. Instead of requiring schools to be in session 180 days, the requirement is 75,600 minutes.

“There’s still a lot of questions about this,” he said.

Hart also said legislation has decriminalized truancy, so those cases will go to civil court as necessary, instead of criminal court.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott proclaimed October as “Principals Month”, so Dr. Hart read the proclamation and recognized all principals and assistant principals present at the meeting.

“We do appreciate you guys,” board member David Nix said.

After reconvening from closed session, the board accepted the resignations of Angel Kuhlmann, junior high math teacher and Ynez Schnaiter, high school English teacher; and approved the employment of Amber Richardson, junior high math; Janet Hill, behavior teacher (elementary levels); and Patricia Jaramillo, Pre-K teacher.

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