Leander ISD student enrollment drops at start of 2020-21 school year

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Student, teacher and district data from the 2019-20 school year is analyzed in the September issue of the Community Impact Newspaper Leander-Cedar Park edition. Here is data for LISD and neighboring ISDs. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Student, teacher and district data from the 2019-20 school year is analyzed in the September issue of the Community Impact Newspaper Leander-Cedar Park edition. Here is data for LISD and neighboring ISDs. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Leander ISD student enrollment decreased by 1.71% from 2019-20 to 2020-21.

Student, teacher and district data from the 2019-20 school year is analyzed in the September issue of the Community Impact Newspaper Cedar Park-Leander edition. Here is data for LISD and neighboring ISDs.

Enrollment

Student enrollment at Leander ISD saw a drop at the start of the school year when compared to its history of rapid year-over-year growth.

To start the 2020-21 school year, LISD expected 42,743 enrolled students, according to the district. But the district had 40,675 students on the first day of virtual learning—a 4.84% difference.




Student stats

Leander ISD has fewer economically disadvantaged students or English language learners than Texas state averages. About 19% of LISD students are economically disadvantaged compared to about 60% of all Texas students.



Teacher, superintendent salaries

Across the Austin metro, superintendent salaries vary based on the school district size. The largest of the four shown below, Austin ISD, has the largest superintendent salary while Georgetown ISD, the smallest, has the lowest-paid superintendent. Leander ISD Superintendent Bruce Gearing earns $256,504 annually.

Teachers at Leander ISD and Round Rock ISD earn similar salaries, though the Round Rock superintendent earned almost $50,000 more last year than the LISD superintendent.




Teacher stats

Leander and Round Rock ISDs are comparable in teacher retention rates, though Round Rock ISD has nearly 800 more teachers.




Additional districtwide numbers to note include:


  • 5,027: total number of LISD employees in 2019-20, including teachers, according to the Texas Education Agency

  • 44: number of LISD campuses, including New Hope High School and the Leander Extended Opportunity Center, according to LISD

  • $8,633.52: funding per student as estimated before a 2019-20 audit, according to LISD

  • 98.9%: district graduation rate for 2019-20, according to LISD

By Taylor Girtman

Reporter, Cedar Park and Leander

Taylor Girtman became the reporter for the Cedar Park-Leander edition in February 2020. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida.