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LISD Community Makes Lasting Impression

LISD Community Makes Lasting Impression
Posted on 09/07/2016

During my first few days as superintendent, I have been impressed by the Leander ISD community. Stakeholders within the district really know how to pour their support into our students and our schools.

I saw a perfect example of this when I attended LISD's fantastic Welcome Back Convocation Tuesday, Aug. 16 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Because we were able to use this great venue, for the first time in many years, the entire district was together in one place. We appreciate having the H-E-B Center as a community partner and for letting us rent this space to kick-off our new school year.

I also saw how wonderful this community is when I attended a volleyball game last week between Vandegrift High School and Cedar Park High School. I enjoyed watching the game and visiting with students, parents and school staff. But I was really amazed by how many people were in attendance who did not have a child playing for either team. Many of the people I met were there just to cheer for the schools.

On the heels of this exciting volleyball matchup, the next day, I had the opportunity to attend the district's Football Preview, hosted by our longtime community partners, the Hill Country News. Again, it was thrilling for me to see our community come together and support our student-athletes at that event, and I'm looking forward to meeting engaged stakeholders at the upcoming events that celebrate the Fine Arts, LISD's annual Festival of Bands (Sept. 26) and Choral Showcase (Sept. 27). As someone new to this area, I sincerely appreciate that our community is excited to come out and show their support for our students as they challenge themselves in all school-related activities.

At my first official LISD Board of Trustees meeting on, Sept. 1, the Board and I honored members of both our student body and our staff who have earned state or national honors. Again, I was awed by the dedication and talent of members of the LISD community. We recognized Canyon Ridge Middle School student Nihar Janga, our first Scripps National Spelling Bee Co-champion; our 2016 A+ Education Foundation grant winners; our child nutrition services department for receiving an “excellent” rating by the Texas Department of Agriculture; our business services office for receiving awards of excellence by the Association of School Business Officials and the Government Finance Officers Association; Brenda Edwards, Athletic Coordinator and PE teacher at CRMS, who was named a 2016 Coordinated Approach to Child Health Champion; and LISD Director of Fine Arts Peter Warshaw for being given a lifetime achievement award by the Texas Bandmasters Association.

Wow! LISD is an amazing district!

As a superintendent, it is incredibly encouraging to experience the support of the community regularly offers up to our students. It is evident that LISD students are layered in support, through caring individuals both inside and outside our organization, and driven toward excellence in all of their pursuits.

Thank you to the Board of Trustees for your confidence in bringing me to LISD. I appreciate the support the entire community gives to our staff that provides our students bright futures.