District Selects New Director of Purchasing

Angela Marsh

Angela Marsh

Johnny Hill, Lake Travis ISD Assistant Superintendent for Business, Financial and Auxiliary Services, is pleased to announce the selection of Angela Marsh as the district’s new Director of Purchasing, effective Jan. 10, 2018.

Ms. Marsh possesses more than 20 years of work experience in business services and procurement. A graduate of McCallum High School, she began her career in 1985 as an administrative assistant for Corporate Risk Counselors in Austin.  In 1988, Ms. Marsh joined the Texas Department of Human Services where she served first as an office assistant and then as a purchaser.  In 2000, she served as program coordinator for the University of Notre Dame Career Center in Indiana.  Most recently, Ms. Marsh served as purchasing manager for the Round Rock Independent School District, a position she’s held since 2002.  She is a Certified Texas School Business Official (CTSBO).

“Taking into account our recently-approved bond referendum, I am confident Angie’s vast experience in purchasing will serve our district well,” said Mr. Hill. “We welcome Angie to the Lake Travis ISD family and look forward to her contributions.”

As Director of Purchasing for Lake Travis ISD, Ms. Marsh will be responsible for directing and managing the purchasing, contracting, and distribution activities of the district.  Specifically, she will administer procedures to process bids, proposals, and purchases for goods, services, construction, renovations, food services, benefits, and insurance; ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; and supervise the daily activities of the purchasing department, distribution center, and copy center.

Ms. Marsh replaces Ed Wooten who in September was named Executive Director for Procurement Services at Dallas ISD.

District announces student holiday events schedule

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Students at the Lake Travis Independent School District are ready to spread some cheer this holiday season. Mark your calendars for the following performances and events:

November 28    
Lake Travis Middle School Bands Holiday Extravaganza
Lake Travis Middle School, 4932 Bee Creek Rd., Spicewood, 78669
7:00 p.m.

November 29     
Hudson Bend MS Beginning Band Holiday Jamboree     
Hudson Bend Middle School, Large Gym, 15600 Lariat Trail, Austin, 78734     
7:00 p.m.

December 4   
Lake Travis Middle School Band Winter Concert     
Lake Travis High School, Performing Arts Center - Concert Hall, 3324 RR 620 S, Austin, 78738     7:00 p.m.

December 5     
Hudson Bend Middle School Band Winter Concert       
Lake Travis High School, Performing Arts Center - Concert Hall, 3324 RR 620 S, Austin, 78738
7:00 p.m.

December 5 - 8     
Bee Cave Elementary School 4th Grade Musical, “Welcome to the Jungle”  
5th - Yellow Group; 6th - Green Group; 7th - Blue Group; 8th - Red Group
Bee Cave Elementary School - Café, 14300 Hamilton Pool Rd., Austin, 78738     
2:00 p.m.

December 6     
Lake Travis High School Band Winter Concert     
Lake Travis High School, Performing Arts Center - Concert Hall, 3324 RR 620 S, Austin, 78738     
7:00 p.m.

December 7    
Lake Pointe Elementary School 3rd Grade Musical, “This Old Gingerbread House”     
Lake Pointe Elementary School, Gym, 11801 Sonoma Dr., Austin, 78738   
6:30 p.m.

Lake Travis High School Orchestra Winter Concert     
Lake Travis High School, Performing Arts Center - Concert Hall, 3324 RR 620 S, Austin, 78738     
7:00 p.m.

December 8     
Lake Travis Fiddlers Holiday Concert
Rosie’s Tamale House, 13436 State Hwy. 71, Austin, 78738     
6:00 p.m.

December 12    
Hudson Bend Middle School Orchestra Winter Concert     
Hudson Bend Middle School, Café, 15600 Lariat Trail, Austin, 78734     
7:00 p.m.

December 12-13     
Bee Cave Elementary School 2nd Grade Musical, “On the Radio”
12th – Red/Green Groups; 13th – Blue/Yellow Groups
Bee Cave Elementary School - Café, 14300 Hamilton Pool Rd., Austin, 78738     
9:00 a.m.

December 13     
Hudson Bend Middle School/Lake Travis Middle School Combined Choir Winter Concert     
Lake Travis High School, Performing Arts Center - Concert Hall, 3324 RR 620 S, Austin, 78738     
7:00 p.m.

December 14     
Lake Travis Elementary School Squire Choir Musical, “Dig It!”     
Lake Travis Elementary School, Café, 15303 Kollmeyer Dr., Austin, 78734     
6:30 p.m.

Lake Travis High School Choir Winter Concert
Lake Travis High School, Performing Arts Center - Concert Hall, 3324 RR 620 S, Austin, 78738
7:00 p.m.

December 14-16    
Lake Travis High School Ceramics Sale & Charity Event Benefitting Victims of Hurricane Harvey
Lake Travis High School, Room L-136, 3324 Ranch Road 620 South, Austin, 78738     
Dec. 14-15:  4:00 to 7:00 p.m.     
Dec. 16: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

December 19    
Serene Hills Elementary School Sailor Show Choir Musical, “40 Winks ‘Til Christmas!”     
Serene Hills Elementary School, Café, 3301 Serene Hills Dr., Austin, 78738     
6:30 p.m.

Lake Travis Middle School Orchestra Winter Concert     
Lake Travis Middle School, Café, 4932 Bee Creek Rd., Spicewood, 78669     
6:00 p.m.

December 20   
Lakeway Elementary School 5th Grade Musical, “The North Pole”
Lakeway Elementary School, Gym, 1701 Lohman’s Crossing Rd., Austin, 78734
8:15 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Please note, the calendar is subject to change.  Visit individual campus websites for updates to specific holiday events.  

For more information, visit the LTISD Fine Arts & Academic Enrichment program website or email Charles Aguillon, Director of Fine Arts & Academic Enrichment.

DISTRICT CELEBRATES THANKSGIVING WITH ANNUAL FEAST

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LTISD students and their families gobbled up a delicious Thanksgiving meal November 15 and 16. This annual event was held at all LTISD elementary schools: Lake Travis, Lakeway, Lake Pointe, Bee Cave, Serene Hills and West Cypress Hills.  Turkey plates were also available at both Lake Travis and Hudson Bend middle schools and Lake Travis High School. LTISD Food and Nutrition Services teamed up with members of the school board, district staff and volunteers to keep food service running efficiently.

More than 8,000 plates of in-house, roasted turkey and all the trimmings were served during the 2017 Thanksgiving Feast. District wide, more than 1,820 lbs. of sliced turkey, 1,140 lbs. of fresh, local green beans, and 9,500 famous turkey shaped cookies were served.  Traci Miller is the Director of Food and Nutrition Services.

24 LT Special Olympians participate in Area 13 bowling competition

24 Lake Travis Special Olympic student-athletes participated in the Area 13 bowling competition held at Highland Lanes and Dart Bowl in Austin on November 3-4.

Results of the competition are the following:

LPE
Sullivan Hobbs    2nd
Balin Hoel            1st

LWE
Nico Barillas        3rd
Madison "Gracie" Crook    1st

HBMS
Grady Latkowski   4th
Caden Plauche     3rd
Torrence Spence   3rd

LTMS
Carter Anderson    3rd
Sheriden Gorden   1st
Reagan Lowman   1st
Tylar Nguyen         2nd
Hailey Shoumaker 3rd

LTHS
Brett Copple               6th
Reno Dees                 1st
William Haley              3rd
Emelia Holmertz         4th
Andrew Jones             2nd
Macie Kranz                1st
Tiffany Mayer-Spivey  2nd
Austin Speight             3rd
Ryan Taylor                 2nd

18+
Jenee Berry             1st
Tristan Boone          2nd
Andrew Sauerwein  3rd

The Rotary Club and Engel & Volkers donated a switch activated ball release and ramp that allowed an athlete to participate that had previously not been able. The Rotary Club, Engel & Volkers, and Double H Dezignz donated new uniform shirts for the athletes. 

LTHS STUDENT-ATHLETES SIGN LETTERS OF INTENT

Lake Travis High School student-athletes in basketball, volleyball, baseball and cross country/track signed letters of intent to colleges and universities November 8 and 10. 

Baseball: (left to right)  Chase Ratliff - University of Colorado Bryce Weisinger - Texas AM  Corpus Christi Dylan Weiss - Pepperdine University Harrison Babbitt - University of Central Missouri Hunter Salinas - University of Colorado 

Baseball: (left to right) 
Chase Ratliff - University of Colorado
Bryce Weisinger - Texas AM  Corpus Christi
Dylan Weiss - Pepperdine University
Harrison Babbitt - University of Central Missouri
Hunter Salinas - University of Colorado 

Volleyball: Skylar Besch - Northwestern State University

Volleyball: Skylar Besch - Northwestern State University

Mens Basketball: Luke Hamilton - Mercer University in Macon Georgia

Mens Basketball: Luke Hamilton - Mercer University in Macon Georgia

Womens Basketball: Heaven Dandridge – University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Womens Basketball: Heaven Dandridge – University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Cross Country/Track: Brady Grant - Texas A&M University

Cross Country/Track: Brady Grant - Texas A&M University

LTHS Student Nets 2nd Place in Congressional Art Competition

Lake Travis High School photography student Olivia Radi’s piece titled “Texas Unity” placed second in the 2017 25th District Congressional Art Competition. 

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Congressional Institute.  The contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent throughout the nation. 

Olivia's work will be displayed in the district office of U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R-Austin) throughout the year.

"Texas Unity" by LTHS student Olivia Radi

"Texas Unity" by LTHS student Olivia Radi

LTISD SCHOOLS ROCK NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK


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School lunches are healthier than ever, with more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and less fat and sodium. National School Lunch Week helps us educate parents and students about all the benefits of our lunch program, and the appealing choices we offer.
— Traci Miller, LTISD Food and Nutrition Services, RDN

Lake Travis ISD schools celebrated National School Lunch (NSLW) Week, October 11-13, to encourage students to take advantage of the healthy lunch choices available at their school. This year, the Texas Department of Agriculture's theme for NSLW is "Rock the Day with a Healthy School Lunch!" The campaign was designed to emphasize the healthy foods that are offered daily at LTISD schools. 

Lake Travis cafés staff encouraged the balance of selecting an item from each the food groups during lunch with “photo booth” style pictures complete with props. On the last day of NSLW, students were encouraged to dress up as rock stars and were celebrated for participating.

district creates 'cavs who care' tip line in response to SB 179/David's Law

Effective September 1, 2017, Senate Bill 179, commonly known as “David’s Law,” expands the definition of “bullying” under the Texas Education Code and clarifies that the definition of bullying includes cyberbullying.  The bill now gives the school the discretion to punish students for off-campus bullying that is delivered to school property or to the site of a school-sponsored or school-related activity; occurs on a publicly- or privately-owned school bus or vehicle being used to transport students; or is cyberbullying that interferes with a student’s educational opportunities or substantially disrupts the orderly operation of a classroom, school, or school-sponsored or school-related activity.

Additionally, the new law allows parents to seek legal relief to stop and/or prevent cyberbullying of a minor, and makes it a Class A misdemeanor if a person engages in electronic harassment of a minor if the offense was committed with the intent that the recipient commit suicide or cause serious bodily injury to himself/herself.   Schools now have the authority to expel or place in Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) a student who engages in bullying that encourages suicide, incites violence through group bullying, or releases or threatens to release intimate visual material.  If a student believes he/she has been a victim of cyberbullying/bullying, or if a teacher or other school personnel have knowledge about an incident of cyberbullying/bullying, the information should be shared immediately with a campus administrator.

Students and parents may also use Lake Travis ISD’s Cavs Who Care Tip Line, our anonymous incident reporting tool established in response to the provisions under “David’s Law.”  The tip line is available as an application on each campus website as well as on the district website.  The tip line is also available on the LTISD mobile app.  Students and parents may submit reports on bullying, drugs, fighting, harassment, personal crisis, safety risk, threat, vandalism, or weapons.  District and school administrators will receive a copy of the submitted tip and are responsible for responding to the tip, if sufficient information is provided.  The Cavs Who Care Tip Line ensures that Lake Travis ISD has a system in place for students and parents to report bullying and other safety concerns without fear of being identified.

Please note, the Cavs Who Care Tip Line is not a 24-hour crisis hotline and will only be monitored during school days and school hours.  In case of an issue requiring immediate assistance, users are highly encouraged to call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). 

School board sets tax rate for 2017-2018, prompts election for November

During its regular meeting August 15, the Lake Travis school board adopted a total tax rate of $1.4275 per $100 of assessed property valuation to fund the district’s 2017-2018 budget, triggering an election to be held November 7.

The tax rate is comprised of two funds, Maintenance and Operations (M&O) and Interest and Sinking (I&S). For 2016-2017, the district’s M&O tax rate was $1.04 and its I&S tax rate was 0.3675, resulting in a total tax rate of $1.4075.  State law dictates that a school district must hold a Tax Ratification Election—or TRE—when asking voters to consider raising the tax rate.  However, Lake Travis ISD will ask voters to consider increasing the M&O tax rate while simultaneously decreasing the I&S tax rate by the same amount.

“This particular election is also referred to as a ‘Penny Exchange,’” said Johnny Hill, Lake Travis ISD Assistant Superintendent for Business, Financial and Auxiliary Services.  “Through a voter-approved TRE or penny exchange, we can move two pennies to the M&O tax rate by taking those same two pennies from the I&S tax rate, netting a total tax rate of $1.4075.  Although the total tax rate assessed to local homeowners would not increase as a result of the penny exchange, Lake Travis ISD could see an additional $2.1 million annually in state aid.  Additionally, these funds are not subject to recapture."  

According to Mr. Hill, should voters reject the proposal, the M&O tax rate would 'roll back' to the previous rate of $1.04.

"Our total tax rate would remain the same as it has for the past six years at $1.4075, whether or not voters approve the election," added Mr. Hill.  "Either way, the result of this penny exchange election will have no impact on our 2017 total tax rate in comparison to our 2016 total tax rate.”

In June, trustees approved an order calling a $253 million bond election also to be decided by district voters on November 7.  The major components of the bond program include Middle School #3; Elementary School #7; upgrades, renovations, and repairs to existing facilities; school buses, including installation of seat belts; technology; and land for future facilities and utilities.

“Although our local school district tax rate will not change as a result of these two elections, an increase in property value will inevitably result in an increase in a homeowner’s tax bill, regardless of a flat tax rate,” said Dr. Brad Lancaster, Lake Travis ISD Superintendent of Schools.  “The good news for our local taxpayers is that we can present the bond election and TRE without increasing the tax rate.  That is a rare occurrence in school elections and a highly-significant position for our taxpayers.”

Early voting begins October 23.

District names head coaches for three programs

Kevin Bussinger, Billy Coleman, and M. Dean Lackey have been named head coaches for women’s basketball, softball, and swimming and diving, respectively, at Lake Travis High School, announced Hank Carter, Lake Travis ISD Director of Athletics.

Kevin Bussinger

Kevin Bussinger

Bussinger earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education from Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska.  He began his career in teaching and coaching in the spring of 1997 at Stuart Public School in Stuart, Nebraska.  Later that year, Bussinger moved to Texas where he served as girls track and field head coach/girls basketball assistant coach, followed by girls basketball head coach/girls coordinator at Bastrop High School.  In 2012, he joined Hays High School where he served as varsity basketball assistant coach/varsity softball assistant coach.  Most recently, Bussinger served as varsity basketball assistant coach/girls track assistant coach.  He replaces Patrick Hinson who earlier this summer accepted a position as assistant principal at Lake Travis High School.

Coleman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma and a Master of Arts degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University-Irvine.  He began his career in public education and coaching in 2005 at Celina High School in Celina, Texas teaching physical education and health and serving as softball head coach.  In 2008, Coleman also assumed the duties and responsibilities as the school’s Girls Athletic Coordinator.  In 2011, Coleman’s team won the University Interscholastic League 3A softball state championship.  Most recently, he served as softball head coach/freshmen football head coach at Canyon Randall High School in Amarillo, a position he held since 2015.  During his coaching tenure, Coleman has garnered numerous Coach of the Year honors.

Billy Coleman

Billy Coleman

M. Dean Lackey

M. Dean Lackey

Lackey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Lamar University in Beaumont.  He began his professional career in 1991 as a substitute teacher in Beaumont.  A year later Lackey taught math at Vidor High School in Vidor, Texas.  Between 1994 and 2010, he served as president and managing general agent at Dean Lackey Insurance Agency in Austin.  In 2010, Lackey served as age group coach and national team college prep coach for Nitro Swimming in Bee Cave and Cedar Park.  In 2012, he returned to public schools, serving as math instructor at Reagan Early College High School and also as swim head coach at Bowie High School in Austin.  Most recently, Lackey served as swimming and diving head coach at Cedar Park High School.  While at Cedar Park, he also sponsored the school’s first water polo club.  Lackey, a multiple Coach of the Year honoree, currently serves as swim head coach of the Shady Hollow Stingrays and Cedar Park Typhoons neighborhood swim leagues. 

“These coaches have been successful everywhere they’re been—we’re happy to have them join the Lake Travis family,” Carter said.  “Ultimately, I’m excited for the student-athletes in these programs, for their parents, and for the exciting opportunities these coaches will create.”

District names assistant director of transportation

Daniel Lee has been named Assistant Director of Transportation for the Lake Travis school district, Director of Transportation Rhonda Davis announced.

Mr. Lee began his career in 2000 as a lead driver with Durham School Services in the Pflugerville school district.  He is also an experienced technician, drafter, operator and instructor in Computer-aided design, or CAD.  Since 2008, Mr. Lee has served as CEO/Senior Draft of his own company, Daniel Lee & Associates CAD Drafting and Designs.  In 2012, he joined Lake Travis ISD as a bus driver.  Most recently, Mr. Lee served as Special Needs/Safety Coordinator for the district.

“Dan is an exceptional member of our team,” Ms. Davis said.  “He possesses the right balance of leadership skills, technical proficiency, and customer service expertise that I know will serve the department well as we continue to expand our student ridership and grow our department.  We are lucky to have him and look forward to his contributions at the administrative level.”

Mr. Lee was named the 2015-2016 Supervisor of the Year by the Texas Association for Pupil Transportation.

During the 2016-2017 school year, Lake Travis bus drivers traveled 1.2 million miles collectively, transporting approximately 4,500 students throughout 68 routes each day.  For 2017-2018, district officials project a 10% increase in student ridership.
 

Nederveld named Serene Hills Elementary interim principal

Lake Travis ISD superintendent Dr. Brad Lancaster is pleased to announce the selection of Julie Nederveld as interim principal of Serene Hills Elementary School.  Mrs. Nederveld, who currently serves as the school’s assistant principal, will begin her tenure as interim principal on Tuesday, July 18.  Dr. Lancaster and senior staff will re-evaluate the position next spring and expect to name a permanent principal at that time.

"I made the decision to select Mrs. Nederveld as interim principal due to the positive feedback senior staff and I recently received from the Serene Hills teachers, staff and PTO board," said Dr. Lancaster.  "It is obvious to me that Mrs. Nederveld is highly regarded for her friendly demeanor, support for teachers and staff, and passion for student success."

Mrs. Nederveld earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas.  Throughout her 25-year professional career, she has served in numerous roles in public education including teacher, instructional coach, Response to Intervention Specialist, and campus administrator in Florida, North Carolina and Texas.  Mrs. Nederveld joined Serene Hills Elementary in 2016.  She and her husband, Terry, have three children: Jordan—who will attend the University of Texas at Dallas beginning this fall; Hunter—who will be a junior, and Grace—who will be a sophomore in high school in Round Rock.

"I am confident Mrs. Nederveld will provide a smooth transition in campus leadership as we continue to prepare for the fast-approaching new school year," continued Dr. Lancaster.  "Mrs. Nederveld will work on naming an interim assistant principal when she begins her tenure next week."

School board calls $253M bond election for Nov. 7

In a unanimous vote June 20, the Lake Travis school board approved an order calling a $253 million bond election for November 7, 2017.

Last month, a citizens’ advisory committee presented its proposal to the board, calling for district-wide capital improvements to accommodate the district’s continued increase in student enrollment.  According to demographer Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), student enrollment at Lake Travis ISD has increased by approximately 76% since 2007.  Considering a moderate growth rate scenario, projections indicate a continued increase of more than 60% during the next 10 years, resulting in a district-wide enrollment of nearly 16,000 students.
  
The major components of the district’s 2017 bond program include the following:

  • Middle School #3
  • Middle School #3 Offsite Utilities and Road Construction
  • Elementary School #7
  • District and Campus Improvements
  • District Transportation (including installation of seat belts)
  • Land & Development for Future Facilities
  • Closing Costs, Administrative Costs & Contingency

With the recent passage of Senate Bill 693, school districts are required to install seat belts on any school buses purchased after September 2017.  As a result, the district has allocated $1.3 million to the November bond package to cover the cost of equipping its existing fleet of buses and any new bus purchases with seat belts.

“We are obligated to meet the requirements of this new law,” said Dr. Brad Lancaster, Lake Travis ISD Superintendent of Schools.  “We are lucky enough to have the advantage of an upcoming bond election to address this issue.”  

In 2011, the district’s most-recent bond election, voters approved a $158.5 million referendum for the construction of two new schools as well as the expansion of two existing campuses, among other district-wide upgrades and improvements.  As a result, the district’s tax rate increased by $0.0916 to a total tax rate of $1.4075 per $100 of assessed property valuation.

“The exciting news is, the entire 2017 package can be done without increasing our total tax rate,” continued Dr. Lancaster.  “That is a rare occurrence in school bond elections and a highly significant position for the district and our taxpayers.  The zero impact to our current tax rate comes as a result of our district paying down our current debt early.  In fact, over the past six years, LTISD has saved its taxpayers more than $38.7 million in interest through aggressive debt management, resulting in increased capacity for future bond programs.”

Additional information on the bond program, including an itemized list of projects, will be available on the Lake Travis ISD website beginning June 26. Community presentations regarding the 2017 bond program will begin in the fall.

Lake Travis High School AP Drinkwater named Assistant Director of Athletics

Lake Travis Independent School District Director of Athletics/Lake Travis High School Head Football Coach Hank Carter is pleased to announce that Michael Drinkwater will assume the duties and responsibilities as the district’s Assistant Director of Athletics, effective July 3.  Mr. Drinkwater replaces Brandy Belk who last month accepted a position with the University Interscholastic League at the University of Texas at Austin.

Mr. Drinkwater earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/Journalism and a Master of Arts degree in Education, both from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado.  He holds a teaching certificate in Secondary English from Adams State College and a principal’s certificate from Lamar University in Beaumont.

A native of Riverside, California, Mr. Drinkwater began his career in education in 2005 as a secondary coach and out-of-state recruiting coordinator at Adams State College.  In 2008, he served as an English teacher and defensive coordinator for Santaluces Community High School in Lantana, Florida, as well as the women’s track and flag football head coach.  Mr. Drinkwater joined Lake Travis High School in 2012, serving as an English teacher, freshmen football head coach, and softball and varsity football assistant coach. Presently, Mr. Drinkwater serves as one of three assistant principals at Lake Travis High School, a position he’s held since 2015.

As Assistant Director of Athletics, Mr. Drinkwater will work with Coach Carter to meet the needs of the district’s robust offering of extracurricular programs.

“Michael’s experience as a classroom teacher and coach will strike the right balance and set the appropriate tone for the continued growth of our athletic programs,” Coach Carter said. “Brandy will be a hard act to follow, but I truly believe Michael is the best fit for this important role.”

Mr. Drinkwater and his wife Michaela have two children, Michael and Mason.

District Bond Advisory Committee recommends $251.7M bond package to school board

According to demographer Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), student enrollment at Lake Travis ISD has increased by approximately 76% since 2007.  Considering a moderate growth rate scenario, projections indicate a continued uptick of more than 60% during the next 10 years, resulting in a district-wide enrollment of nearly 16,000 students.  In order to accommodate expected growth, a citizens’ bond advisory committee was formed earlier this spring and recently proposed that the Lake Travis school board call for a bond election in November 2017.     

Presented by 2017 Bond Advisory Committee chair Jeremy Self to district trustees during the regular board meeting on May 16, the $251.7 million package would include the following items:

  • Middle School #3
  • Elementary School #7
  • Upgrades, renovations, and repairs to existing facilities
  • School buses
  • Technology

Every two years, PASA provides district officials with a demographic update of Lake Travis ISD. The comprehensive report highlights housing projections, economic trends, ratios of students per household, student enrollment projections, and long range planning.   

“Last fall, we hired third-party firms to conduct a condition assessment of all district-owned facilities and property, as well as assessments of our technology, furniture, and food service assets,” said LTISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brad Lancaster.  “Using the demographic report and the findings from these assessments as our baseline, we formed a bond advisory committee to start the planning for a potential bond issue in the fall.”

2017 Bond Advisory Committee chair Jeremy Self addresses the LTISD school board regarding a potential bond issue.

2017 Bond Advisory Committee chair Jeremy Self addresses the LTISD school board regarding a potential bond issue.

Comprised of 28 members representing each campus and the greater Lake Travis community, the committee met over the course of seven meetings between January and May.  Members received a list of district requests totaling approximately $392 million.  Upon separating those requests into three categories based on priority, the committee was tasked with the creation a bond issue that would keep the district’s tax rate at the current level and address the district’s highest needs.

“The exciting news is, the entire package can done without an increase to our current tax rate,” added Dr. Lancaster.  “That is a rare occurrence in school bond elections and highly significant position for the district and our taxpayers.  The zero impact to our current tax rate comes as a result of our district paying down our current debt early.  In fact, over the past five years, LTISD has saved its taxpayers more than $27 million in interest through aggressive debt management, resulting in increased capacity for future bond programs.”

The board is expected to vote on the potential bond issue during its next regular meeting on June 20.

'Thrills for Skills' Project Yields Big Thrills in San Antonio

Lake Travis High School PALs 'Thrills For Skills,' a student-led community service project, partnered with local businesses to sponsor a trip for LTHS Life Skills and 18+ Program students. The group traveled to San Antonio to visit Morgan’s Wonderland, an amusement park aimed at Special Needs children and adults.

Peer Assistance and Leadershipis—better known as PALs—is a junior/senior level class for Lake Travis High School students.  PALs visit elementary and middle schools as well as retirement homes in the Lake Travis ISD community.  PALs students develop leadership skills, communication skills, group dynamics, confidentiality; and conflict resolution/peer mediation.

Travis Rendon is the PALs program sponsor.  For more information, visit the LTHS PALs website.