New attendance zone maps proposed for Lake Travis ISD elementary and middle schools, more from April 17 meeting

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The process to establish new school attendance zones for Lake Travis ISD elementary and middle schools continues.

Two new zoning maps – one for elementary and one for middle schools – were recommended to the Lake Travis ISD board of trustees April 17.

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Three people spoke during public comment with concerns about the rezoning plan’s split in the Rough Hollow neighborhood; they said it could result in a division in the community.

In February the LTISD School Attendance Zone Advisory Committee initiated the process of developing rational and sustainable school attendance zones.

The process included numerous meetings, consideration of various forms of data, review of the latest demographics, community presentations and opportunities for the public to provide written feedback, said Holly Morris-Kuentz, assistant superintendent for administrative and community services.

The committee discussed multiple maps, relevant data, and public input in detail before identifying the two maps presented to the board.

A grandfathering process will help with some challenges and concerns, Morris-Kuentz said.

Students will be exempt from a change if they have an older sibling remaining at a particular campus. Those entering fifth grade in the fall of 2020 may remain at their current school, and no middle school student will have a “singleton year” at any one middle school.

Action will be requested at the May 15 meeting.

More teachers recommended to account for growth

Administration recommended budgeting for 21 new teachers at a total cost of about $1.15 million due to growth for the 2019-2020 school year.

Staff recommended allocating for 11 new general education teachers, five special education teachers and five contingency teachers at $55,000 each.

LTISD uses a systematic process to project future enrollment using current and historical information, demographic growth and an area development plan, a staff report said. Senior staff evaluates staffing and enrollment per classroom and per grade level to determine growth, and staff also uses a long-range financial forecast model to determine overall sustainability.

The item was for informational purposes only, and no action was required.


High School, Hudson Bend Middle School and four elementary schools to see improvements

Staff told the board guaranteed maximum prices have been set for numerous improvement projects on several campuses.

About $8.55 million is the guaranteed maximum price for several Lake Travis High School and Hudson Bend Middle School projects. The limit for projects at Lake Travis and Lake Pointe elementary schools is about $1.89 million.

According to Robert Winovitch, director of facilities & construction, projects at Lake Travis High School include architectural finishes at the library, digital media center (annex) and at keyed areas, classroom paint and new base hallway paint finishes and ceiling accents, restroom finishes and major mechanical replacements. It also includes Spillman Loop paving infrastructure to include widening the entry and existing lanes. This price is expected to increase, and updated numbers will be presented to the board before members are asked to approve the item next month.

At Hudson Bend Middle School work includes architectural finishes mainly at the north part of campus, which was not previously renovated, limited hallway wall finishes, gymnasium painted finishes, restroom finishes and mechanical replacements at the north part of the campus also not previously renovated.

Lake Travis Elementary School plans include a major kitchen renovation, playground renovations at both playgrounds and replacement of gym flooring. Paving includes the addition on two loading zone parking spaces at the front of the school.

At Lake Pointe Elementary School work includes playground renovations at both playgrounds and the addition of access control from the entry vestibule to the reception area.

The Lake Travis distribution and technology building will see the addition of warehouse, storage and copy areas and the renovation of conditioned warehouse space for technology offices.

The transportation building renovation will include the addition of classroom and restroom areas and the renovation of the smaller classroom space to offices. The guaranteed maximum price for projects at both is about $3.87 million.

The board will be asked to approve the guaranteed maximum prices for all the above projects at the May 15 meeting.

The board did approve a $6.33 million guaranteed maximum price for projects at Bee Cave and Lakeway elementary schools, which were presented for discussion in March.

The Bee Cave Elementary work includes architectural finishes, hallway flooring and wall finishes, cafeteria finishes, restroom finishes, major mechanical replacements, electrical and plumbing repairs, fire alarm and paving infrastructure to include widening the entry lanes. Also included is the cost of replacing all of the classroom flooring.

Lakeway Elementary will also see architectural finishes, classroom, hallway flooring and wall finishes, Cafeteria finishes, restroom finishes, mechanical replacements at the fifth-grade addition, electrical and plumbing repairs, fire alarm, site and paving infrastructure, site fencing at the outdoor learning areas and playground areas.

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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 started working at Community Impact Newspaper in February 2018 as the Lake Travis-Westlake reporter and moved into the role of Georgetown editor in June 2019.
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