The Board of Trustees officially named LISD’s next elementary and middle school, adopted a new student information system and received an update on ongoing construction at its Dec. 13 meeting.
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Trustees officially name LISD’s next schools
Following a lengthy public comment window and the consideration of over 450 submissions, the Board of Trustees officially named the district’s 27th elementary school and ninth middle school. Larkspur Elementary will be located in the Larkspur subdivision.
Middle School 9 will be named for former Cedar Park High School dance teacher Stacy Danielson. LISD will open that middle school in 2020 across from Glenn High School. The Board will begin reviewing possible zoning scenarios for the middle school in the next three to six months.
“We value our community’s involvement in the school naming process; their passion is greatly appreciated,” Trustee Elexis Grimes said. “As a fast-growth district slated to open five new schools in the next five years, the board is fortunate to have an engaged community from which to draw suggestions.”
Board approves adoption, implementation of a new student information system
Trustees approved eSchoolPlus, a product of PowerSchool Group, LLC, as the district’s new system for student grades, attendance, and other data management starting in the 2019-2020 school year.
School districts are required by state, local and federal governments to track student data in compliance with programs and guidelines. A student information system also allows LISD to communicate with families and staff to improve student success.
“It’s extremely important to make sure our technology continues to serve the best interests of our families and the needs of our rapidly growing district,” Board President Aaron Johnson said. “The new student information system will increase functionality, ensure long-term viability to meet state reporting requirements while safeguarding student data.”
Construction continues on LISD’s major maintenance, Bond 2017 projects
Construction at Larkspur Elementary School continues on schedule, while several more Bond 2017 projects have broken ground.
The district’s newest elementary school is beginning to take shape, with tilt-wall forming, final grading for site paving, curb and roofing installation on tap for this month.
Middle School 9 will have the first onsite phases, including construction trailers, erosion controls and earthwork begin in January.
Also in December, crews at the North Transportation Center and Glenn High School Agriculture facility will work toward completing underground utilities (wastewater, stormwater, fire and domestic water) and begin underground site electrical and plumbing.
Construction continues at Monroe Stadium as crews begin working to add new guest grandstand bleachers, while work on the Cedar Park High School grandstands comes to a close. In addition, LISD is installing traffic gates at 10 elementary schools.
“Thanks to the voters in November 2017, we are excited to continue our bond construction program,” Trustee Gloria Gonzales-Dholakia said. “As we continue to honor our commitment to the community, we look forward to reaching future milestones with construction projects, completing them on time and on budget.”