Three complete graduation requirements


By LPR Staff

During a brief regular meeting on Monday evening, the LISD Board of Trustees recognized three former LISD students who have completed their testing requirements and earned diplomas from Lockhart High.

The recognition stems from an unpopular but steadfast rule enforced by the district that prevents students from particip

ating in commencement ceremonies if they have not completed their Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) testing requirements, regardless of whether the students have successfully passed their courses and earned their credits.

Those students who choose to take the TAKS tests after finishing high school, and who pass those tests, are recognized during board meetings in informal commencement ceremonies.

On Monday, Ventura Perales, Amy Jimenez and April Ruiz were all recognized for their hard work and dedication to completing their TAKS requirements and earning their diplomas.

The board conducted brief business, which consisted of approving reports and personnel assignments, before adjourning into an executive session to discuss a performance review for Superintendent Dr. Jose Parra.

Among the business discussed, the board heard a brief statement from an independent auditor charged with reviewing the district’s finances for the last year.

According to the auditor, the district is in a sound financial position, and finished the fiscal year with more than ample funds to remain liquid for three months.

Further, the auditor recognized District CFO Tina Knudsen and her staff for the awards they have received throughout the last several years.

The board also briefly discussed voting for their choices for the Caldwell County Appraisal District Board of Directors. They opted to assign 1,000 votes to Tommy Barron, who currently serves on the board. The votes will ensure Barron a seat. The remainder of their votes, the trustees allocated to Tina Joseph.

The LISD Board of Trustees routinely meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Center (old library) at Lockhart High School. The meetings are open to the public, and are also available via webcast at


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