Leander Independent School District, Texas
|Leander Independent School District|
|Superintendent:||Dr. Bret A. Champion|
|Number of schools:||39|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Pamela Waggoner|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Leander ISD
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtTravis County, Texas. The county seat of Travis County is Austin. The county's population was 1,024,266 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
Travis County outperforms the rest of Texas in terms of higher education attainment and median income and holds the same poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 44.2% of Travis County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 26.3% rate for the state of Texas. Travis County had a median income of $56,403 in 2010 compared to $51,563 for Texas. The poverty rate for Travis County was 17.4% in 2010, the same rate as the rest of the state.
|Racial Demographics, 2012|
|Race||Travis County (%)||Texas (%)|
|Black or African American||9.0||12.3|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||1.4||1.0|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander||0.1||0.1|
|Two or More Races||2.3||1.7|
|Hispanic or Latino||33.8||38.2|
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
The superintendent of Leander Independent School District is Dr. Bret A. Champion, who was appointed to the position in February 2008. He has his Bachelor's degree from the University of Houston, his Master's degree from Texas State University and his doctorate from the University of Texas. Champion is a former Leander ISD teacher, assistant principal and principal, and most recently served as Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services.
The Leander ISD Board of Trustees consists of seven members who are elected at-large to three-year terms. While candidates run for specific positions on the ballot, they represent the entire district.
|Leander ISD Board of Trustees|
|Member||Role||Place #||Term Ends|
|Pamela Waggoner||President||Place 3||2016|
|Aaron Johnson||Vice President||Place 6||2017|
|Grace S. Barber-Jordan||Secretary||Place 4||2016|
|Russell Bundy||Member||Place 5||2016|
|Don Hisle||Member||Place 2||2015|
|Lisa Mallory||Member||Place 1||2015|
|Will Streit||Member||Place 7||2017|
School board elections
Members of the Leander ISD Board of Trustees are elected at-large to three-year terms. Two seats were up for election on May 10, 2014; incumbents Aaron Johnson and Will Streit were re-elected by default because they were uncontested. Two seats will be up for elections in May 2015.
Public participation in board meetings
The Board of Trustees maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings:
Communicating with the LISD School Board
The Leander ISD school board provides a number of opportunities for community input:
All Board Meeting agendas are posted at the LISD Administrative Offices and on the Leander ISD website 72 hours prior to each meeting.
Parents and community members may contact both the full Leander ISD Board and the Superintendent in a single e-mail via LISD’s Governance Team e-mail account. Communications to the LISD Governance Team are sent to the Board of Trustees members and the Superintendent of Schools. When possible, the School/Community Relations Office will respond to the patron with additional information regarding their concern or request. Board members also receive copies of all responses to patrons.
Issues with Specific LISD Employees
If an informal conference regarding a complaint fails to reach the outcome requested by the student or parent, the student or parent may initiate the formal process described in policies FNG Local and FNG Legal, and file a written complaint form.
Even after initiating the formal complaint process, students and parents are encouraged to seek informal resolution of their concerns. A student or parent whose concerns are resolved may withdraw a formal complaint at any time.
Neither the Board nor any District employee shall unlawfully retaliate against any student or parent for bringing a concern or complaint.
—Leander Independent School District's website, (2014), 
Leander Independent School District publishes its annual budget on its website.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Teachers in Leander Independent School District earn annual salaries based on years on the job as well as educational achievement. The salary schedule accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2013-2014 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Schools in Leander ISD
Leander Independent School District serves 32,152 students. Leander Independent School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.
Leander Independent School District operates 39 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Leander Independent School District Schools|
|Bagdad Elementary School|
|Block House Creek Elementary School|
|Canyon Ridge Middle School|
|Cedar Park High School|
|Cedar Park Middle School|
|Cox Elementary School|
|Cypress Elementary School|
|Deer Creek Elementary School|
|Faubion Elementary School|
|Four Points Middle School|
|Giddens Elementary School|
|Grandview Hills Elementary School|
|Henry Middle School|
|Knowles Elementary School|
|Laura Bush Elementary School|
|Leander Extended Opportunity Center|
|Leander High School|
|Leander Middle School|
|Mason Elementary School|
|Naumann Elementary School|
|New Hope High School|
|Parkside Elementary School|
|Plain Elementary School|
|Pleasant Hill Elementary School|
|Reagan Elementary School|
|Reed Elementary School|
|River Place Elementary School|
|River Ridge Elementary School|
|Rouse High School|
|Running Brushy Middle School|
|Rutledge Elementary School|
|Steiner Ranch Elementary School|
|Stiles Middle School|
|Vandegrift High School|
|Vista Ridge High School|
|Westside Elementary School|
|Whitestone Elementary School|
|Wiley Middle School|
|Winkley Elementary School|
The Texas Education Agency issues an annual accountability report for each school district in the state. This rating determines if district schools fulfill expectations in four categories of educational achievement during a particular school year. The following terms explain these categories:
- Student Achievement: Measures student performance on the annual Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test.
- Student Progress: Measures student performance in reading, math and writing courses at the district level.
- Closing Performance Gaps: Measures year-to-year performance among students in the lowest-performing demographics.
- Postsecondary Readiness: Measures student readiness for college, employment or military service after graduation.
Leander Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 99 percent of indicators set forth by state education officials and all four assessment categories. The following table details the district's accountability report during the 2012-2013 school year:
|Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013|
|Category||Points earned||Maximum points||Index score||Target score|
|Closing Performance Gaps||1,203||1,500||80||50|
- School board elections portal
- Leander Independent School District elections (2014)
- Texas school districts
- List of school districts in Texas
- Leander Independent School District, "Budget and Tax Information," accessed December 2, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Travis County," accessed March 4, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Leander Independent School District, "Superintendent," accessed March 4, 2014
- Leander Independent School District, "Board of Trustees," accessed March 4, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Leander Independent School District, "Communicating with the Board," accessed June 30, 2014
- Leander Independent School District, "Teacher Salary Schedule 2013-2014," accessed March 7, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed February 18, 2014
- Leander Independent School District, "Campuses," accessed March 4, 2014
- Leander Independent School District, "Accountability Summary 2013," accessed June 24, 2014