Faculty, staff welcomed back to school


By Lauren Jette

More than 450 Liberty Hill Independent School District employees were welcomed back for the start of another school year Tuesday morning.

Superintendent Rob Hart welcomed employees back after they were treated to breakfast prepared by the food service staff at Liberty Hill High School.

“We are excited to kick the year off and get started,” Dr. Hart said.

Hart, in his eighth year as superintendent at Liberty Hill, thanked school board members, whom he said had worked this summer, with several special meetings to approve new hires in between regularly scheduled board of trustee meetings.

While school doesn’t start until next Tuesday, Dr. Hart acknowledged that many Liberty Hill students had already started on Aug. 3, with extra-curricular activities.

Principals at each campus introduced the more than 70 new teachers and staff members throughout the district.

A reminder of Liberty Hill’s accomplishments was brought up, as Liberty Hill finished in third place in the Lone Star Cup standings presented by UIL. The cup is awarded to the school district in each classification with the highest number of points based on athletic and academic achievements throughout the school year.

Dr. Hart also brought attention to the fact that Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine named Liberty Hill’s Jerry Vance as 4A Coach of the Year.

In an update about spacing issues, Dr. Hart did share that portable buildings are back in use on the elementary and intermediate campuses this year.

“I’m asking for your patience,” Hart said. “Things are going to be a little tight in the next couple of years.”

A new elementary school is planned for a fall 2017 opening if voters approve a bond election in May 2016.

Part of that space issue comes from high numbers of new students enrolling at LHISD, Hart said. He told faculty that in the first week of open registration, the district had enrolled 570 new students and that this year’s freshman class is the district’s first grade level with more than 300 students.

“We are the place to be,” Hart said. He added that in interviewing applicants for positions in the district, they were asked why they wanted to be in Liberty Hill.

“Overwhelmingly, they said ‘this is the place to be’,” Hart said. Before releasing teachers back to their campuses, Hart thanked staff for their service to the district.

“Thank you for what you do for our kids, and thank you for your dedication.”