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Leander Independent School District
Leander, Texas
Leander ISD logo.jpeg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Bret A. Champion
Enrollment:32,152 students
Number of schools:39
Budget: $327.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Pamela Waggoner
Board members:7
Term length:3
Leander Independent School District is a school district in Texas that serves Travis County. It is the 40th-largest school district in Texas, serving 32,152 students in 39 schools with an operating budget of $327.5 million.[1]

About the district

Leander Independent School District is located in Travis County, Texas
Leander Independent School District is located in Travis 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.[2]

Demographics

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.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Travis County (%) Texas (%)
White 81.0 80.6
Black or African American 9.0 12.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 1.0
Asian 6.1 4.2
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.[3]

Superintendent

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.[4]

School board

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.[5]

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

See also: Leander Independent School District elections (2014)

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 Board of Trustees is elected at-large by LISD parents and community members to represent them in governing and setting policy for the school district. As public representatives, the LISD Board of Trustees’ goal is to make decisions for the good of the greatest number of students. Community input is welcomed.

The Leander ISD school board provides a number of opportunities for community input:
The LISD Board of Trustees meets twice each month – once in the northern half of the 200 square-mile district, the other in the southern half – with a “Citizens Comments” period provided at each school board meeting. Citizen Comments are limited to three minutes per person, and are usually held at or near 7:00 p.m. at each meeting.

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
Parents and community members wishing to contact the school board regarding a specific school, teacher or child, are encouraged to begin at the level closest to the concern. The Board encourages students and parents to discuss their concerns and complaints through informal conferences with the appropriate teacher, principal, or other campus administrator. Concerns should be expressed as soon as possible to allow early resolution at the lowest possible administrative level.
Step One: Contact the teacher, coach, guidance counselor, etc.
Step Two: Contact the principal (If you have a school-wide concern, this becomes step one.)
Step Three: Contact the District office responsible for the area of concern

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.

Other Issues
Citizens wishing to express themselves regarding school district policy, boundaries, finances, or other responsibilities of the Board which have not been placed on a regular agenda are encouraged to use one or more of these alternatives.
Contact the appropriate school department.
Speak at the Citizens Comments period held during each school board meeting.
E-mail the Leander ISD Governance Team. Letters 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.
Write letters to Board members c/o Leander ISD Board of Trustees, P.O. Box 218, Leander, Texas 78646.
Board members discourage citizens from providing anonymous information in any form, and, in general, will not act upon it.

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—Leander Independent School District's website, (2014), [7]

Budget

Leander Independent School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[1]

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
2013-2014 $175,389,318 53.6% $42,977,058 13.1% $38,878,676 11.9% $66,852,732 20.4% $3,408,319 1% $327,506,103
Averages: $175,389,318 54% $42,977,058 13% $38,878,676 12% $66,852,732 20% $3,408,319 1% $327,506,103

Teacher salaries

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:[8]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 42,750 61,935
MA 43,750 62,935
Doctorate 44,750 63,935

Schools in Leander ISD

Enrollment

Leander Independent School District serves 32,152 students. Leander Independent School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[9]

District schools

Leander Independent School District operates 39 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Leander Independent School District Schools
School Name
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

Academic performance

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:[11]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 67,555 76,290 89 50
Student Progress 1,910 5,000 38 21
Closing Performance Gaps 1,203 1,500 80 50
Postsecondary Readiness 1,242.3 1,400 89 75

Contact information

Leander ISD logo.jpeg
Leander School Board
204 W. South Street
Leander, TX 78646
Phone: (512) 570-0000

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