Mass Chromebook purchase to total $1.66 million, new off-campus PE credit options and more from the Feb. 20 Lake Travis ISD board meeting

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See highlights from the Lake Travis ISD board of trustees meeting on Feb. 20:

District purchases nearly 6,000 new Chromebooks

New Dell Chromebooks will replace obsolete technology throughout the district and equip the new Bee Cave Middle School.

For about $1.66 million, a total of 5,962 Chromebooks will be distributed between Lake Travis High School, Lake Travis Elementary School, and Bee Cave Middle School, said Chris Woehl, Executive Director for Technology and Information Services.

The funding is coming from the 2018 bond. Due to the volume of devices purchased LTISD will leverage a Dell partner for receiving, unboxing and warehousing; enrollment of Chromebooks; etching of serial numbers, district logo and lost information; deliveries to LTISD facilities; onsite deployment and configuration of devices, Woehl said.

New off-campus providers considered to meet PE requirements

Some off campus physical education activities can count toward class credit. The board is asked to approve any new off-campus physical education providers each year. The item was on the Feb. 20 agenda for information only and action will be requested March 27.

New off campus providers requesting board approval for the 2019-2020 school year include:

Equestrian
XLR8 Ranch
Rio Vista Farm
Southern Way Farm

Golf
The Hills Country Club
Garry Rippy, PGA

Baseball
Hill Country Baseball Club

Volleyball
Project Serve Beach Volleyball

District may grant right of entry to TxDOT for lane expansion project

The board discussed a right of entry agreement between LTISD and the Texas Department of Transportation at Lake Travis High School, Hudson Bend Middle School and the Educational Development Center.

TxDOT has proposed an additional travel lane in each direction on RM 620 from Hwy. 71 to Hudson Bend Road, a staff report said. Various parcels of district property are located adjacent to the project boundaries and in an area that may be affected.

In order the facilitate the project, TxDOT requested the district grant a right of entry at the three locations for the purpose of conducting environmental investigations.

State and federal law requires TxDOT to determine whether there are specific environmental resources located in the vicinity of the project and to evaluate the potential for impacting the resources located in the corridor.

The item was presented to the board for discussion only. Action will be requested at the March 27 meeting.

Athletes exempt from no-pass/no-play rule for some courses

The board approved a list of courses administration recommended be exempt from the University Interscholastic League no-pass/no-play rule.
Courses identified as advanced are eligible for exemption according to Texas Code. Local districts are permitted to establish other courses that are also exempt from UIL no-pass/no-play regulations. The locally-determined courses must be approved by the board.

This list includes the courses LTISD administration recommends for exempt status.

Board approves unique courses for credit

Texas code allows districts to offer innovative courses not included in the required curriculum.

With board approval at the Feb. 20 meeting, students enrolled in the courses listed below can now earn state elective credit, which can be applied toward graduation requirements:

  • G/T Independent study mentorship I-III
  • Multivariable calculus
  • Linear Algebra
  • Path College Career I-IV
  • Peer assistance & Leadership I-II
  • Principles of cybersecurity
  • Sports medicine I
  • Strategic learning for high school math
  • Teen leadership
  • Theatre & Media Communications I-II
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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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