Lake Travis ISD recognizes National Merit scholars, discusses water agreements with Cypress Hills

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A total of 37 Lake Travis High School seniors were recognized by the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. The Lake Travis ISD board of trustees congratulated many of the students at Wednesday’s meeting.

The students were chosen from more than 1.5 million program entrants and represent less than one percent of each state’s high school seniors, LTISD Director of Communications Marco Alvarado said to the board.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Program, the students are the top scorers from each state and show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies, Alvarado said. Additionally, the National Hispanic Recognition Program identifies nearly 5,000 outstanding Hispanic students each year, while the National Achievement Scholarship Program provides recognition for outstanding Black American high school students.

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The board discussed an out of district service agreement under which Cypress Ranch Water Control and Improvement District would provide water and wastewater services to education facilities on the LTISD land located on Reimers-Peacock Road.

LTISD would pay 100% of the costs to drill additional water wells to meet the water demands of the education facilities, Robert Winovitch, director of facilities and construction, said. Based on the productivity of existing wells, 2 or 3 wells will be needed for ultimate buildout. Each well is estimated to currently cost between $200,000 and $250,000.

The WCID has plans to expand its wastewater treatment plant and effluent irrigation areas to serve future development within Cypress Ranch, Winovitch said. This expansion will include capacity for LTISD.

The process and timeline for LTISD requesting WCID to drill a new well; LTISD funding the well; and confirmation of well productivity are yet to be negotiated, according to board documents.

The board also discussed an easement agreement between the district and the Cypress Ranch WCID.

The District owns about 235 acres of land located off of Reimers-Peacock Road, according to the board documents. Cypress Ranch WCID No. 1 provides water and wastewater services and maintains drainage facilities for the West Cypress Hills development located near the district’s property.

The parties now desire to enter into a comprehensive easement agreement, board documents said. The agreement would grant the WCID perpetual, non-exclusive emergency access easements upon, over, through and across the district’s property for the purpose of ingress and egress of emergency vehicles.

The agreement would grant to the district a perpetual, non-exclusive access easement upon, over, through and across WCID’s property for the purpose of installing a driveway providing pedestrian and vehicular ingress and egress from Cypress Ranch Boulevard to the District’s property.

Both water service agreements were up for discussion only. Action will be requested at the Nov. 14 meeting.

In other board news, the required public hearing regarding the district’s 2018 financial results was held and the modified schedule for state assessment testing days for seniors was approved, as was a resolution to recognize the Travis County 4-H organization as an extracurricular activity in the district – all items discussed at the September board meeting.

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Sally Grace Holtgrieve
Sally Grace Holtgrieve solidified her passion for news during her time as Editor-in-Chief of Christopher Newport University's student newspaper, The Captain's Log. She started her professional career at The Virginia Gazette and moved to Texas in 2015 to cover government and politics at The Temple Daily Telegram. She has been covering the Lake Travis/Westlake area for Community Impact since February 2018.
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