STAFF NOTEBOOK: Liberty Hill is losing two leaders who made a difference


After 18 years of teaching and inspiring Liberty Hill young musicians, Karen Dyre resigned as band director effective Sept. 30. Aside from the untold numbers of students she has influenced over the years to pursue an interest in music, Ms. Dyre wrote marching drills that helped lead the Panther Band to place 6th out of 26 high school marching bands during 3-A Area Competition in Waxahachie last fall. It was LHHS’ first time to make the UIL Area Finals, but one of many awards the band has earned during her tenure.

Ms. Dyre submitted an email to Superintendent Rob Hart on Sept. 6 announcing her resignation, as opposed to a retirement. The email did not provide a reason for her decision. A copy of the email was provided to The Independent in response to an Open Records Request.

The school district created a new position for a fourth band director who started to work this summer. Jared Clarkson joined the trio of John Perrin, Kevin Baird and Ms. Dyre.

While the Board of Trustees accepted Ms. Dyre’s resignation officially on Monday, it was not immediately clear whether a search will begin now for a replacement.

As parents of a band student, we appreciate Ms. Dyre’s selfless service to our community and personally extend our gratitude for the kindness and encouragement shown to our daughter for the past several years. We know there are countless other parents who feel as we do and wish Ms. Dyre the very best in the adventure that awaits.

The Liberty Hill Public Library is losing its Librarian this month.

Sandy Schultz, who has made such a difference in the community since she started to work at the Library in 2006, announced this week that she is getting married and moving to San Antonio where she will be a reference librarian at Palo Alto College. Until a replacement can be found, Ms. Schultz will be working part-time beginning in October, working from home and commuting to Liberty Hill occasionally.

“Liberty Hill is deep in my heart and the library is extremely special to me,” she told The Independent.

In an interview with the newspaper in July 2011, Ms. Schultz had lots to  say about her love for the job.

“I can help you find a book, I can do the banana dance, I don’t mind getting goofy. I love the little kids. They’re lots of fun, they’re open, they come running up and jump in your arms. I love seeing all the different generations of their families. I’m Sandy the Library Lady,” she said with a big smile.

Best wishes, Sandy, in the exciting new life that awaits you. You will be greatly missed.


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