LHISD Board nominates Hart ‘Superintendent of the Year’



Superintendent Rob Hart (right) and Liberty Hill High School Principal Bobby Mabry in this month’s edition of Texas Co-op Power Magazine. The district received a $32,000 rebate from PEC's Commercial Lighting Rebate Program.

Liberty Hill school trustees voted unanimously Monday to nominate Superintendent Rob Hart for Superintendent of the Year.

Texas Association of School Boards recognizes school superintendents every year for outstanding achievement and excellence in public school administration.

“We are proud of the job Dr. Hart is doing and we want the rest of the community and the state to know it,” said Board President Anthony Stephens.

According to a description of the award on the TASB website, “Candidates are chosen for their strong leadership skills, dedication to improving the quality of education in their school districts, commitment to public support and involvement in education, and ability to build good employee relations among teachers and staff members.”

Nominations for the recognition, which carries a $5,000 cash award from TASB, are submitted by region with the final selection made by a TASB state selection committee. The winner is announced at the organization’s annual convention in October.

Superintendent of the Year in 2011 was John Folks of Northside ISD in San Antonio. The last time a superintendent was selected from Williamson County was in 1986 when then Superintendent Fred Hopson of Leander ISD was named Superintendent of the Year.

Also Monday, the Board heard a detailed report from school architects on proposed renovations at the current junior high and high school campuses.

Construction at both schools was authorized by voters as part of a bond package adopted in 2010.

In fall 2013, Liberty Hill Junior High will become Liberty Hill Intermediate School with a capacity of 800 fifth and sixth graders. The budgeted $7.1 million renovation will include additions of classroom space, renovated administrative offices and library, a new cafeteria and expanded kitchen, renovated cafetorium and band hall. The renovation also includes a traffic circle behind the building that will aid in traffic flow.

The Board saw samples of materials that will be used at the campus and saw interior design drawings of the proposed cafetorium. The common theme throughout the interior of the building is blocks of color. Architects say the materials chosen for flooring, walls, ceilings and some built-in furniture were chosen because they required less maintenance. Bidding on the project will begin at the end of April and the Board will consider those in May.

The existing high school campus will become the home for the Junior High. With a budget of $2.7 million, the campus will serve 625 students in seventh and eighth grades.

The Board also heard a progress report on construction at the site of the new Liberty Hill High School. Foundations have already been poured for several buildings on the 96-acre tract.

Following a 30-minute executive session, trustees voted unanimously to renew the employment contracts of professional staff at each campus. The list of those employees is available at www.LHIndependent.com.

The Board accepted the resignations of LHHS Math Teacher Gari Lord, and LHJH Social Studies Teachers Dixie Martin and Roxanna Chism.

The Board also recognized fifth graders from Liberty Hill Intermediate School who participated in UIL academic competitions earlier this year. For the 10th consecutive year, LHISD has earned the title of District Champion in the academic meet.