Vail Divide progress, drug testing updates, COVID-19 news, and more from Lake Travis ISD’s first digital meeting March 25

The Lake Travis ISD board of trustees met virtually March 25 for its regular board meeting. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Lake Travis ISD board of trustees met virtually March 25 for its regular board meeting. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Lake Travis ISD board of trustees met virtually March 25 for its regular board meeting. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Lake Travis ISD board of trustees adapted to a new setting March 25 as it held a regular board meeting digitally.

All district facilities are closed until April 13 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, however, the meeting’s agenda included a variety of subjects, ranging from a drug testing program to construction progress.

Prior to the scheduled March 25 meeting, LTISD extended its school closure until April 13. This decision follows a shelter-in-place order issued by Travis County for the same time period. Read the full story here.

Following a districtwide closure in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the LTISD board of trustees voted to delegate authority to Superintendent Brad Lancaster. This resolution is temporary and resembles similar actions taken by Austin and Eanes ISDs. Read the full story here.

In other business, LTISD is seeking five new school buses with more energy efficient features. The district is working to obtain a grant from the Texas Clean School Bus program, which was established in an effort to reduce children’s exposure to diesel exhaust. Read the full story here.



Trustees also revisited the conversation surrounding the district’s drug testing program, which tests a certain student population which participates in extracurricular activities and/or obtains a parking permit. The district established a committee devoted to creating a plan on the best methods to implement and improve the program. Read the full story here.

The highly anticipated Vail Divide southern extension project also moved another step closer during the March 25 meeting. The board reviewed a contract for engineering services with Malone Wheeler totaling $1.2 million. Read the full story here.

Lake Travis High School and its Cavalier Stadium are set to receive a number of upgrades funded by the district’s 2018 bond program. The board reviewed a number of guaranteed maximum prices for these projects. Read the full story here.

The board of trustees also canceled the May 2 election. Trustees Bob Dorsett and William Beard were both running uncontested. Read the full story here.



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