Legislative priorities discussed
District administration prepared a legislative priorities document for the 86th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature.
The draft document, presented to trustees at the meeting for feedback, was designed to be the basis for LTISD’s legislative work during the session that will begin January 8.
Spillman Loop Road could see redesign
With the growth of Lake Travis High School, traffic has continued to increase and vehicular circulation in and around LTHS has continued to worsen, staff said in a document presented to the Lake Travis ISD board of trustees Dec. 19.
As part of the 2019 summer projects, district staff said they would like to increase the number of lanes exiting the high school and improve the locations of staff and student parking.
“Increasing the number of lanes exiting the campus from two to four will make it easier for busses to exit the bus loop and lessen the time required for parents and students to exit the campus,” the staff document said.
The budget for the project would come from 2012 bond contingency funds. The item was presented to the board for discussion only. Action will be requested at the Jan. 16 meeting.
New Elementary School build cost capped at $29.35 million
Trustees approved $29,353,731 as the guaranteed maximum price for Lake Travis Elementary School Number 7.
The project includes the construction of the elementary school, associated on and off-site utility construction, on site rainwater detention, rainwater collection and artificial turf and fall zone at the playground, staff documents said.
The guaranteed maximum price of $29,353,731 is about $1,566,731 more than the original budget of $27,787,000 and reflects the cost of inflation on construction in the Austin area. This overage will be covered by a budgeted bond contingency, staff said.
The school, located in the Rough Hollow subdivision off Bee Creek Road, will open in fall 2020.
Lake Travis High teacher wins annual chamber award
The Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce selected Lake Travis High School Career and Technology Education teacher Amy Johnson as the recipient of its Golden Apple award.
Each year, the Lake Travis chamber recognizes local businesses, individuals and non-profits for their contributions to the community through its awards program, board documents said. In 2017, the chamber introduced the Golden Apple into its slate of award categories. The award recognizes one educator—a current K-12 grade public or private school teacher—who has shown excellence in academics, leadership, inspiration and/or innovation.
Johnson was recognized during the 2018 Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Achievement Awards luncheon Dec. 12 at the Flintrock Falls Country Club.
Other nominees for the 2018 Golden Apple award included the following educators from Lake Travis ISD:
Choi Hicks – West Cypress Hills Elementary School
Kara King – Lake Travis Middle School
Kassey LeBlanc – Bee Cave Elementary School
Kelly White – Lake Travis High School
Perry White – Lake Travis High School
Deputy Superintendent says farewell
Deputy Superintendent Mary Patin announced her retirement from Lake Travis ISD effective December 31, and was recognized by the board for her service to the district.
Patin joined Lake Travis ISD in 2015 as Deputy Superintendent, assisting the superintendent with day-to-day operations of the district and overseeing special projects for senior staff and the administration, board documents said.
Contributions and successes during Patin’s time at the district included LTISD’s designation as a District of Innovation and the implementation and expansion of the district’s Leader for Life student wellness and drug testing program.