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Board Briefs - Demographer names site for next elementary school

Board Briefs - Trustees select site for next elementary school, approve study of District of Innovation
Posted on 11/17/2017
Board Briefs

 Board Briefs

A report on housing and student growth highlighted the Nov. 16 regular Board of Trustees meeting. The Board also approved a resolution to explore Leander ISD becoming a District of Innovation to create flexibility in academic calendar planning.

Learn more about the meeting below or click here to review the entire agenda packet.

Next elementary school set for Larkspur community in Liberty Hill

To relieve overcrowding at Plain Elementary School, Leander ISD should build Elementary School No. 27 on district-owned property in the Larkspur subdivision in Liberty Hill, according to a report by the district's demographer. The location for the new school, slated to open in August 2019, came with the district’s annual demographer report, which provided growth projections for the next 10 years. Trustees will discuss the final selection of the site, its boundary process and construction timelines at their Dec. 7 meeting.

LISD to continue rapid growth, could need additional elementary school in 2023

Based on moderate growth projections, LISD expects to continue adding more than 1,000 new students per year for the next 10 years. The rapid growth raises the possibility of needing five new schools in four years between 2019 and 2023. Home builders have built on 73 percent of the district’s available land for new single-family and multi-family units. This does not include an expected 45,889 new units between now and 2027. Estimated growth will be highest in the northern part of the district and along the Ronald Reagan Boulevard corridor between Journey Boulevard and FM 2243.

Board approves study for academic calendar flexibility

Leander ISD could have a revamped academic calendar in 2018–19 as it explores pursuing a state designation granting the district more calendar flexibility. Trustees approved LISD considering becoming a District of Innovation, a state program allowing school districts to be exempt from certain components of the state’s education code. Trustees and Superintendent Dan Troxell, Ph.D., emphasized a narrow approach to LISD’s study of DOI, limited strictly to calendar flexibility. Currently, districts cannot start their school year prior to fourth Monday in August. Because of this, LISD schools will continue their school years until June 8, while many neighboring districts will be finished as early as Memorial Day due to their DOI status. The Board will hold a public hearing Dec. 7 before it decides to create or select its state required DOI committee, comprised of teachers, instructional staff, parents and community members.