Board Briefs - Schools celebrate success, district to review Superintendent evaluation

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Board Briefs - Schools celebrate success, district to review Superintendent evaluation
Posted on 09/22/2017
Board Briefs

Board Briefs 

Students, principals, teachers and parents packed the LEO Conference room to celebrate all Leander ISD schools receipt of the No Place for Hate distinction. Trustees discussed the superintendent’s evaluation instruction and approved class-size waivers in their meeting.

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All schools celebrate positive school environment distinction

All Leander ISD schools earned the No Place for Hate distinction [Photo Gallery] for completing the anti-bias and diversity education curriculum and requirements by the Anti-Defamation League. As part of its efforts, the ADL featured Leander Middle School teacher Amber Foulk for her role of the NPFH program. The Board also recognized three perfect ACT score recipients, two students from Vista Ridge and one from Vandegrift, Leander High School Agriculture Science Teacher Emily Vera for a state award, and the teacher grant recipients from A+ Federal Credit Union. [No Place for Hate]

District to review Superintendent evaluation instrument

Before the Board finalizes a new evaluation of Superintendent of Schools Dan Troxell, Ph.D., after months of developing and approving the district’s 18 performance goals, school representatives will be able to weigh in. The school improvement committees at all 42 schools, made up of teachers, employees, parents and community members, will review and submit feedback on the goals before the Board votes on formal adoption at the Oct. 12 meeting. [Development of the Superintendent Evaluation Instrument]

Trustees approve class size waivers at elementary schools

While Leander ISD continues to maintain a district student-teacher ratio of 19.9:1 in grades K-4, the Board approved class size waivers at 15 elementary schools: Block House Creek, Camacho, Cox, Cypress, Deer Creek, Knowles, Laura W. Bush, Plain, Reagan, Reed, River Place, River Ridge, Rutledge, Whitestone and Winkley. The state of Texas requires school districts to gain Board and Texas Education Agency (TEA) approval for any K-4 grade level exceeding a 22:1 ratio at a specific school. LISD reviews class size throughout the year, evaluating at the campus level the best interest of students, balancing between breaking up a class and hiring a new teacher or applying for a waiver. [Maximum Class Size Exceptions]