Upper ranks to return to LISD


By LPR Staff

During a brief meeting of the Lockhart Independent School District Board of Trustees on Monday evening, the board voted to see that the upper echelon of the district remains in place, with the exception of one administrator.

After a three-minute executive session, the board returned to regular session and announced tha

t contracts for all existing principals, as well as the district’s assistant superintendents and department heads, would remain in place until the end of the 2009-2010 school year, at the earliest. The one exception is Executive Director of Curriculum James Rabe, who tendered his resignation effective June 12.

In the coming months as budget discussions begin, the board will review the contracts in place for current faculty and staff, and begin collecting resumes to fill vacant positions.
In other news, the board briefly discussed the long-term needs of the district, with regard to campus and facility maintenance.

“One of the things we certainly need to look at when assessing our needs is how we define ‘successfully meeting a need,’ and what we’re willing to do to meet those needs,” Superintendent Dr. Jose Parra said.

Campus principals are currently in the process of reviewing their campuses to determine what structural, maintenance and other needs exist.

In brief news:
LHS junior Carlos Anchondo delivered an impassioned speech to the board, requesting that some of the funds the district expects to receive from President Obama’s economic stimulus package be earmarked for another teaching position in the history department, and that Advanced Placement classes, outside math and science, be added to the curriculum. District CFO Tina Knudsen noted after the meeting that the funds, under Federal requirement, will have certain restrictions as to their usage.

The board voted to bring the Parenting and Education for School Age Parents at Lockhart High School under the blanket of Career and Technology Education, in an effort to offer more credit and experience to students who hope to pursue a career in child care. Trustee John Manning voted against the measure.

They approved an order for the upcoming election, as well as an agreement to rent electronic voting machines from Caldwell County at the rate of $75 per machine. Gardner noted the rental fee was “more than fair,” explaining that some contractors rent the machines for upwards of $1,500.


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