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Leander ISD partners with municipalities, agencies for infrastructure and safety
11/15/2017
Roads, public safety and infrastructure require healthy relationships among public entities to ensure our families and business communities get the best value for their tax dollars.
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Leander ISD Moves Forward After Voters Approve $454.4 Million Bond
11/08/2017
Leander ISD celebrated Veterans Day last week by welcoming America’s heroes to events, performances and learning engagements. It is important for our students to learn about the sacrifices our nation’s veterans have made to serve this country.
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Serving the Whole Child
11/01/2017
Our Leander ISD team welcomes around 1,000 new students every year. While we are committed to managing this growth – most notably with our 2017 bond proposal that’s on the ballot this month – we remain focused on the individual needs of each student.
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Looking back at the 2007 Leander ISD Bond
10/25/2017
With early voting started for the Leander ISD bond proposition addressing growth, safety, and facility improvements, it is an excellent time to reflect on the history of the last bond program, approved by voters in 2007.
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Readying Students for the Future through Career & Technical Education
10/18/2017
“Leading to a Bright Future” is more than a tagline for us in Leander ISD; it is the underpinning of everything we are working toward. Our goal is to prepare students to graduate equipped with all the skills, tools and knowledge to succeed on whatever path they choose.
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Funding New Classroom Projects, Bringing Community Together with LEEF
10/11/2017
In September, Board members of the Leander ISD Educational Excellence Foundation visited several campuses throughout the district to surprise 11 teachers with classroom grants totaling more than $8,000.
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Celebrating Award-Winning Band Program with Festival of Bands
10/04/2017
Last Monday, I joined hundreds of parents, district staff and community members from across Leander ISD who gathered once again at Bible Stadium in Leander to enjoy the Festival of Bands. All six of our high school bands performed their marching shows, as well as concert performances from our middle school bands.
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Saving Taxpayer Money with Energy-Efficient Schools
09/27/2017
With temperatures still in the mid-90s and the air conditioner running all day, it hardly feels like fall. As we work to operate efficiently and maximize resources for instruction, Leander ISD proactively monitors and invests in its facilities to provide functional learning environments and responsibly manage taxpayer dollars.
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Giving Seniors an Inside Look with LISD Gold Tour
09/20/2017
We are fortunate, in Leander ISD, to live in a community where residents love where they live. Many locals have enjoyed raising children who attended LISD schools and now enjoy retired life in the same home or neighborhood where they have resided for decades.
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New Laws Impacting LISD, Texas Public Education
09/13/2017
Tracking the hustle and bustle of state legislation can be difficult for even the most involved spectators. Now that the 85th Legislative and subsequent special session concluded late last month, I would like to highlight a few of the bills passed this year that impact Leander ISD.
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Fantastic First Day of School in LISD
09/06/2017
What an exciting day for us in Leander ISD! The first day of school is one of my favorite days of the year as our schools once again fill with bright, shining faces and the hum of excitement spreads through each classroom.
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Kicking off the Year with Professional Learning Communities Summit
08/30/2017
Welcome back to what promises to be another outstanding school year in Leander ISD! While 2017-18 may be off to a soggy start, our educators are rearing to go after preparing the past several weeks and months for the year ahead.
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LISD Board Calls for November Bond Election
08/23/2017
After seven months of research, surveying and carefully considering all options to address Leander ISD’s continued student growth, our Board of Trustees last week voted unanimously to call for a bond election.
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Preparing Students, Families for Success with Backpack Attack
08/16/2017
One of my first impressions when I joined Leander ISD last fall was the level of support our students receive by our entire community. I am so proud to see how full the stands are at every game, match and event — by parents and community members alike.
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Innovative School Construction Fosters Student Learning, Teacher Collaboration
08/09/2017
Community members and parents who have not entered a school since they were students have the same reaction when visiting a Leander ISD campus: these schools look completely different than what I grew up with! Even in the past 10 years, advances in technology, educational research and behavioral science have made great strides in the way we educate today’s students.
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Bond Survey Team Reports Findings to Board
08/02/2017
Temperatures settling into the triple-digits means August has arrived and we have entered the last lap of summer. August also marks the end of our bond exploratory phase, after which the Board of Trustees may vote on whether to move forward with an election.
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Leander ISD Focused on Student Instruction, Teachers with Budget Planning
07/26/2017
The Leander ISD Business and Finance Department, in cooperation with campus and district staff, work with our locally elected Board of Trustees for several months to craft an annual budget to serve our more than 39,000 students. While the Board’s vote to approve the budget will not occur until their Aug. 17 meeting, our trustees approved a few components during the process.
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LISD Students Outpacing Peers on Academics, Extracurriculars
07/19/2017
While some school districts throughout our great state take tremendous pride in having just one state-ranked program, ranging from robotics, to baseball, band or agriculture, Leander ISD features many examples of students achieving at the highest levels.
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LISD Busy Preparing for 2017-18 School Year
07/12/2017
Summertime for school districts often reminds me of an ant hill. From the outside, everything appears calm with empty parking lots, still playgrounds and quiet fields. However, behind the scenes, there is a scurry of activity. June, July and August in Leander ISD provide our administrators, teachers and staff with a critical time to prepare for the coming school year.
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Bond Committee Presentation to Board of Trustees
07/05/2017
During the June 15 Board meeting, the co-chairs of the Bond Advisory Committee (BAC) presented its recommendations to the Leander ISD Board of Trustees.
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Staying Safe, Productive this Summer
06/28/2017
With a few weeks of summer already checked off the calendar, I wanted to take a moment to discuss a few items that will help our students and families stay safe and productive this summer.
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Innovating LISD’s PreK Program
06/21/2017
In Leander ISD, our priority is to provide the highest quality education to every student — from our
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Summer Meal Program Feeds Local Students
06/14/2017
Childhood hunger is a critically important issue for communities throughout the country. While most Americans cannot imagine living regularly without three
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Navigating the Path to Graduation
06/07/2017
Last week, I wrote about several of the different graduation celebrations in Leander ISD — from our youngest learners graduating into kindergarten through Parents as Teacher
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Congratulations, Class of 2017
05/31/2017
It is the culmination of years of hard work. It is the product of countless reports, exams, track and field days, art projects, school dances
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Curriculum Management Audit to Improve Student Learning
05/24/2017
Curriculum Management Audit to Improve Student Learning May 24 2017 - 11:34:00 am At the center of our district’s Learning Model, one of our Guiding Documents that directs all we do in LISD, is
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Financial Leadership LISD
05/17/2017
I would also like to thank our business partners who have made the program
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Bond Advisory Committee Update, Community Input
05/10/2017
We are now entering the final weeks of school and, as they do every year, calendars
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Maintaining Careful Financial Stewardship
04/26/2017
With tax season still in the rearview mirror for most of us, and
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Growing a Love of Reading, Preventing Summer Slide
04/19/2017
A few years ago, researchers completed a study analyzing 20 years of data from 27 nations, looking for a common thread among students
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Next Steps in Exploring a Bond Election
04/12/2017
In Leander ISD, we work hard to keep transparency and open communication with our community. In like manner, I want to do
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Building Communities through Two-Way Dual Language
04/05/2017
Three years ago, when LISD opened Reed Elementary, we were excited to adopt a new bilingual program called two-way Dual Language
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Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration Welcomes our Littlest Learners
03/29/2017
While some of our students have begun counting the days until the end of the school year, our youngest learners and their parents
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Considering a Bond Election
03/22/2017
In January, the LISD Board of Trustees formed the 2017 Bond Advisory Committee (BAC) to study the district’s present and future facility, technology
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Balancing Class Size Ratios
03/15/2017
It is an exciting prospect, as a destination district, to watch our schools and communities fill with outstanding new young people.
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The State of Leander ISD
03/08/2017
On Feb. 17, I had the privilege of meeting with more than 200 of our local business and community leaders, elected officials, parents, principals
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Growing Pains, Traffic Challenges
03/05/2017
We are a fortunate community to enjoy such strong economic conditions, a thriving
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A Closer Look at “Districts of Innovation”
03/01/2017
Last week, I wrote about the process and considerations we undertake when setting our annual district calendar. Our Board of Trustees and administration faced a number of obstacles in setting the 2017-18 calendar, including the mandated start of school date, which proved a major road block.
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A Closer Look at the 2017-18 Calendar
02/21/2017
Developing the district calendar each year may seem like a formulaic procedure that only requires shifting school days around standing holidays. However, in practice, it is a lengthy and involved process. Our goal is to create a calendar that prioritizes student learning and success, while also
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Giving Back to Those Who Give Back
02/15/2017
Visit any of our campuses on any given day, and you will find a team of dedicated volunteers—parents, grandparents, retired teachers and community members — working on a variety of tasks throughout the school. You will find them helping in the front office, the classroom and the teacher workroom;
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Continuous Improvement Together
02/08/2017
Last week, I wrote about many of our seniors spending their first days in February participating in COOL (Career Opportunities on Location) Week, partnering with area businesses, government agencies and organizations to do a mini-internship. This week, I would like to share what our nearly 5,000 employees will be doing during that time.
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Getting Career-Ready with COOL Week
02/01/2017
Next Monday, while most LISD students are sleeping in and enjoying a school holiday, hundreds of our 12th-graders will be punching the clock at their new workplace for the week.
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LISD PALS Students Help Promote Culture of Kindness, Inclusiveness
01/25/2017
Here in LISD, we have a clearly defined set of Guiding Documents that form the foundation of our goals and our purpose as a district. Among these documents are principles, behaviors and traits that form a visible trend.
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Naming our Newest Elementary School
01/18/2017
Our 26th and newest elementary school, located in the northeast portion of our district between Parkside and Reagan Elementary Schools, is slated to open in the fall of this year. One of the most exciting tasks we are given in building a new school is to select its name.
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Recognizing our ‘All-Star’ School Board
01/11/2017
Each January, we join communities across the state of Texas to thank those who have volunteered to serve as advocates for our children and public schools.
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Ethical Student Behaviors in Action
01/04/2017
The tangible culture felt in every school throughout Leander ISD is largely a result of our Guiding Documents, several documents developed through much research and stakeholder input that help steer our district and give us goals to achieve.
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4 Ways to Make the Most of Winter Break
12/28/2016
While the winter break provides a much-needed rest for students, an opportunity to spend time with family and celebrate the holidays, it can also cause the undoing of many good habits our students have built up over the school year.
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Reflecting on an Outstanding Semester
12/21/2016
We, in Leander ISD, are extremely fortunate to be considered a “district of choice” for many of our parents and local business leaders, meaning they sought out a home within our boundaries because they want to be a part of our community.
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Partnering with School Resource Officers to Keep our Schools Safe
12/14/2016
Our belief in Leander ISD is that every student should be encouraged, supported and challenged to achieve the highest levels of knowledge, skills and character.
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Finding New Strengths with Career and Technical Education
12/07/2016
In our most recent issue of The Compass, our co-publication with Hill Country News, you may have read about recent Cedar Park High School graduate Charlie Hoppe, who won first place in the state Future Farmers of America (FFA) competition in extemporaneous speaking last year.
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LISD’s Priorities for 85th Legislative Session
12/01/2016
While many of us have been focused on the recent national election, our attention will soon turn back to Austin as our state legislature prepares once again to reconvene this January.
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Creating Opportunity in a Digital World Through mLISD
11/23/2016
Part of our vision for students in the LISD Graduate Profile is that they are “well-prepared to enrich our world and excel in a global society” and that “each student is challenged, encouraged and supported to achieve the highest level of knowledge, skills and character” in a digital world.
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Opening the Doors to our Schools, Culture
11/16/2016
One of the first things I noticed when I came to Leander ISD is the same thing many students, parents, educators and community members comment on about our district:
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Demographic Report Provides Glimpse into District, Community Growth
11/09/2016
Spending my first two months in LISD visiting campuses, attending community events and meeting with staff, parents and business leaders has been invaluable in helping me to learn about our community.
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LISD Schools Embrace Red Ribbon Week, Supporting Healthy Lives
11/02/2016
Visitors to our district last week may have noticed that the students, staff and schools took on a much more festive look than usual.
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Students Reminded to Plan for the Future
10/26/2016
During my first weeks in Leander ISD, I have seen numerous examples of the district’s commitment to see that all students are ready for the challenges of post-secondary education or the workforce after graduation.
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District’s Cost-Saving Construction Decisions Pay Off
10/19/2016
I have devoted a number of columns to Leander ISD’s campuses, amenities and stadiums in recent weeks because I want the community to understand that our students are able to learn and to grow in enriching environments.
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LISD Stadiums Provide Students with Level Playing Fields
10/13/2016
During my first few weeks on the job, one question that has been posed to me a number of times is regarding the district’s stadiums.
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School Facilities Reflect Curriculum Approach
10/06/2016
Last week, my column focused on how Leander ISD is in the enviable position to be able to offer students the high-quality learning environments that our community has come to expect.
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LISD Facilities are Second to None
09/29/2016
Prior to coming to Leander ISD, I served in an urban district, large suburban districts and in a smaller, more rural district.
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Great People Shape Leander ISD
09/22/2016
It has been a pleasure for me to have met so many incredible people during my first few weeks in Leander ISD.
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Everyone Has a Place to Belong in LISD
09/15/2016
One of my key priorities during my first weeks as superintendent of schools is to visit every campus in the district.
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LISD Community Makes Lasting Impression
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.
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Hello, Leander ISD!
09/02/2016
It is with great pleasure and sincere humility that I offer warm greetings to the students, parents, teachers and staff, and community members of Leander ISD!
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