Estrada warns growth will continue to be an issue￼
By Kyle Mooty
Among the demographics discussed at Monday night’s meeting of the Lockhart ISD Board, Lockhart High School has grown by 32 percent since 2016 with 500 additional students. Also, Second and fourth graders are the largest classes in Lockhart.
Kindergarten will have about 470 students by the 2024-2025 school year. Lytton Springs and Dale areas have added many new students to LISD.
LISD Superintendent Mark Estrada noted that the school district is comprised of more than 300 square miles.
“It’s great that the community passed the bond,” said Brent Alexander, Director of Demographic Research at School District Strategies. “You have to have additions with the junior high and high school situations.”
Estrada replied, “We’re going to have to continually come back as we are rapidly growing. Growth is coming from all areas in the district.”
In other business:
The Lockhart Post-Register’s Best of Caldwell County Coach of the Year was LHS Boys’ Cross Country Head Coach Scott Hippensteel. LISD Chief of Staff Christina Courson said Hippensteel had “truly built a legacy of excellence.”
Recognized were members of the Lockhart Junior High 8th Grade A (Maroon) football team, which won the District Championship with a perfect 8-0 record. The same players were 8-0 as 7th graders last year. Head Coach Willie Boyd, his assistants and players earned Legacy of Excellence awards from the board.
The 8th graders won all eight games by a combined 350-45 this season.
Making the Texas High School Coaches Association’s Academic All-State teams were volleyball members Trinity Alexander (second team), Steiley Beggs (second team), Mylah Johnson (second team), Morgan Masur (second team), and Taylor Eason (honorable mention), and cross country members Amryss Flores (second team), Noe Figueroa (second team). James Franco (honorable mention), and Christy Gonzalez (honorable mention).
Caldwell County Sheriff Mike Lane gave a brief summary of the Intruder Detection Audit. The audit was part of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s School Safety Directives for all school systems following the tragedy in Uvalde. It seeks to help districts improve safety for students.
“I’m proud of all of our elementary and secondary campuses,” Estrada said. “They’ve done an outstanding job. The areas we can improve in, we’ll insure that.”
Lane added, “In the report, the auditors could not say enough good things about all of their interactions at those schools.”