At its Feb. 10 meeting, the Leander ISD Board of Trustees approved the five-year Strategic Plan, reviewed an update to early childhood learning, and approved paying staff during the emergency closure on Feb. 4.  

View the agenda here and the video here.  

LISD staff will be paid for work missed during emergency closure

Trustees authorized district leadership to compensate all employees who otherwise would not be paid for their regular duty schedule due to the district’s emergency closure on Feb. 4. The unanimous vote was consistent with Board policy DEA (Local) and mirrors action taken during the 2021 winter storm. 

“Each and every employee in the district plays an instrumental role contributing to the educational environment for our students,” Board President Trish Bode said. “I am thankful for the district administration quickly getting this item to us on the agenda and for the Board’s unanimous support.” 

The Feb. 3 closure will be made up during the district’s designated bad weather day April 18. We are examining our options for making up the additional instructional minutes needed to meet state requirements and will bring forward a plan to the Board at its Feb. 24 meeting. 

A five-year vision: LISD’s long-term Strategic Plan

After months of thoughtful visioning and collaboration with hundreds of stakeholders, Trustees approved our five-year Strategic Plan. The plan will help guide the district on its journey of continuous improvement.  

In the fall of 2021, we engaged stakeholders in a deliberate, collaborative process grounded in the district’s core beliefs, vision, mission, and graduate profile. The result is a Strategic Plan that illustrates the most important aspirations for our students into a clear plan that reflects our diverse community.

Early Childhood program expands, creates inclusive environments for LISD’s youngest learners

The 2021-2022 school year has brought amazing opportunities for our youngest learners and their families. Senior Executive Director of Early Childhood and State/Federal Programs Kendra Winans and Sr. Coordinator of Early Childhood Erin Garner shared progress on goals, community partnerships and resources established to support students and families.

Guided by the LISD Early Childhood program vision, young children in LISD develop, learn and thrive in a play-based environment rich in language, positive social interactions, strong family access and opportunity.

Over the past two years, LISD has expanded Early Childhood Communities and created environments of true inclusion and collaboration. This year we expanded access for three-year-olds and provided full-day, four-year-old programming in compliance with House Bill 3 (HB3). Essential partnerships with our #1LISD community enhanced our resources to support students and families. 

“In my campus visits this year I got to see these Early Childhood hubs in action, and it blew my mind,” Trustee Anna Smith said. “Just the interaction and the collaboration between our ELE classroom and our PreK kids, to see that inclusion piece play out at that level… was probably the most powerful thing.”