Lake Travis becomes hands-free community

Taking their cues from the City of Austin, the cities of Bee Cave and Lakeway each passed a hands-free ordinance in April, ultimately banning the use of hand-held smart devices while driving or cycling.  The law became effective July 1 and makes Lake Travis—including all Lake Travis ISD campuses, offices and facilities—an official hands-free community.

Here’s the 411 on the new law:

A driver or cyclist cannot:

  1. Engage in a call
  2. Create, send or read a text message
  3. View pictures
  4. Operate gaming or other apps
  5. Engage in any other use of the device

According to the ordinances passed by Bee Cave and Lakeway, the definition of engaging in a call means dialing, talking, or listening on a hand-held mobile communication device.

The hands-free ordinance passed by the City of Austin last August does allow a driver to use a device while stopped at a light.  However, within the City of Bee Cave and City of Lakeway, a driver must be legally parked in order to make a call or text with a hand-held device.

Additionally, the ordinance does not apply to drivers using hands-free technology such as Bluetooth, headphones/earbuds and mounted devices, or operating an authorized emergency vehicle in an official capacity. Furthermore, drivers and cyclists will not be cited if they are communicating with an emergency response operator, law enforcement agency, or a hospital/health official regarding a medical or emergency situation.

If convicted of a first offense, a driver or cyclist shall be fined not more than $100. Additional convictions carry fines of up to $500.

For more information regarding the hands-free ordinance, click here and here.


New start for campus leadership

The start of the 2015-2016 school year also marks the beginning of key leadership roles at several LTISD campuses, including two principals and four assistant principals.

”These were very important decisions for us,” Lake Travis ISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brad Lancaster said.  “I want to thank the members of each interview committee for their time and participation.  This is a great opportunity for staff to work in tandem with its new leadership to define common goals and objectives that will best serve students as well as strengthen school-community partnerships and parental involvement.”

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New administrators begin tenure

The beginning of the 2015-2016 school year is officially underway, and so are the tenures of numerous administrators across the district.

Mary Patin – Deputy Superintendent

“We were fortunate to receive impressive applicant pools for these key positions,” Lake Travis ISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brad Lancaster said.  “These individuals bring with them impressive professional credentials and a proven record of success which will serve our students and staff well.”

Mary Patin – Deputy Superintendent

Ms. Patin began her career in Louisiana where she served as an elementary and Gifted and Talented program teacher for seven years.  She then moved to the Richardson school district in Texas where she taught in the GT program and served as an assistant principal. Ms. Patin then served as an elementary assistant principal and principal followed by curriculum coordinator, Director of Curriculum, and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, all at the Allen Independent School District in north Dallas. Additionally, Ms. Patin has served as Deputy Superintendent for both the Allen and McKinney school districts.  For the past two years, she has served as Director of Professional Services for Amplify Education, an education technology company which provides digital curriculum, instructional tools, data analytics and assessment to the K-12 market. Ms. Patin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana and a Master of Arts degree in Gifted Education from Columbia University in New York.  She has completed superintendent certification and is near completion on a Doctorate of Education degree in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas. Ms. Patin will assist Dr. Lancaster with the day-to-day operations of the school district. She replaces Dr. Chris Allen who named Superintendent of the Marble Falls school district in July.

These individuals bring with them impressive professional credentials and a proven record of success which will serve our students and staff well.
— Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brad Lancaster

Dr. Janis Jordan – Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Janis Jordan – Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Janis Jordan – Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

A native of Houston, Dr. Jordan possesses more than 24 years of experience in public education. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University, a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina, and a Doctorate of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston. Dr. Jordan began her professional career as a high school English teacher at Katy High School.  She then taught at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station before moving to South Carolina where she served as a teacher and assistant principal at Swansea High School in the Lexington School District 4. After serving as adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina, Dr. Jordan returned to Texas and worked in the Victoria school district as Curriculum Development Coordinator and later as Director of Curriculum and Instruction.  She moved to Corpus Christi where she served as Executive Director of Curriculum, and most recently, as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, a position she has held since 2007. Dr. Jordan will have oversight of the district’s curriculum; technology services; professional development for teachers and support staff; instructional materials; special education services; child development services; prekindergarten and bilingual programs; and counseling, health care and social services.

She replaces Becky Burnett who was named principal of Clifton High School northwest of Waco in the spring.

Pepsi official beverage of LTISD

Earlier this summer, the Lake Travis Independent School District Board of Trustees approved Pepsi Beverages Company as the limited exclusive supplier of beverages to the school district.  The five-year agreement includes an annual sponsorship fee, two Pepsi Merit student scholarships, athletic support/sideline kits, and commissions for an estimated total contract value of $150,000.  More information about this exciting partnership can be obtained here.   

LTISD, campuses achieve ‘Met Standard’ on 2014-2015 state accountability

There are more than 8,600 public schools in Texas. How do you know how your child’s school is doing compared to others in state? Every school gets one of two ratings: Met Standard or Improvement Required. The Texas Education Agency looks at four areas in determining a school or district’s accountability rating: student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps, and postsecondary readiness. Lake Travis ISD and each of its campuses earned ‘Met Standard’ on state accountability for the 2014-2015 school year. Additionally, schools receiving the ‘Met Standard’ rating may qualify for special honors called ‘Distinctions.’ Kudos to Lake Pointe Elementary School who earned all five available Distinctions (Academic Achievement in Reading/English Language Arts, Academic Achievement in Science, Top 25 Percent in Student Progress, Top 25 Percent in Closing Performance Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness. For more information about the state accountability ratings for 2014-2015—including individual campus reports, click here.