Ribbon cutting bridges Lockhart's past and future

M.L. Cisneros and Pride High School ribbon cutting bridges Lockhart’s past and future
Posted on 10/05/2018
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DATE: OCTOBER 05, 2018

M.L. Cisneros and Pride High School ribbon cutting bridges Lockhart’s past and futurePicture of Board and LISD Speakers at Ribbon Cutting

Generations of Lockhart community members gathered under a heritage oak tree in front to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the M.L. Cisneros Education Support Center and Pride High School Tuesday night. The event marked the closing of a chapter in completing the projects rooted in the recommendations by the 2014 LISD Bond Task Force.

  


Pride High School Student Angela Roland served as master of ceremonies for the event, introducing each of the speakers during the celebration.


LISD Board President Brenda Spillmann welcomed over 100 attendees, recognizing a host of leaders in the crowd such as former Board members, elected officials, former Pride High School principals, and those who had served on the task force.

  


“In Lockhart, we have a community of engaged parents, business owners, and organizations that provide a steady stream of support to make sure the district has the resources possible to give our students the very best learning experience,” said Spillmann.


LISD Board Vice President Carl Cisneros, son of M.L. Cisneros, provided moving comments, speaking of the legacy of his father, the namesake for the building now housing central office staff. He shared, “Education does not mean strictly a formal education, but continuous education. My father learned from situations, friends, adversity--his was truly the definition of being a lifelong learner. In order to continue to succeed we must constantly be learning to improve.”


M.L. Cisneros was a pillar in the community of Lockhart with nearly 30 years of service to the United States Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel, later elected to serve as a trustee on the LISD Board, becoming the first Hispanic mayor of Lockhart, and eventually serving as Caldwell County Justice of the Peace for Precinct One.


It was the first time many had a chance to meet Pride High School’s new principal, Barry Bacom, who began this school year. Bacom acknowledged the former principals attending the event and stated Pride High School’s next chapter would be built upon the work of those who came before him while creating a future of new possibilities.

  


“I have very high expectations for our students, and they are rising to meet them precisely because they are enrolled at Pride High School.  We have made this a special place for these young men and women and we strive to inspire them to meet their goals," said Bacom.


Superintendent Mark Estrada was the final speaker of the ceremony. Regarding the function of the new M.L. Cisneros Education Support Center, Estrada declared,  “In this new ML Cisneros Education Support Center, all of our central functions are housed under one roof. This provides us the ability to work more closely together, collaborate more frequently, and truly strengthen the teamwork and efficacy of what we do every day to support quality education in this district.”




Estrada described the new Pride HIgh School as having greater classroom space and expanded campus amenities such as a student center, cafeteria, and courtyard. He said, “Students have a first-rate learning facility better suited to support them in preparation for the workforce and academics at a pace they can control.”


Even as Estrada highlighted the accomplishments of the work rooted in the task force recommendations, he noted the significant growth in the community with student enrollment currently 6,108, over a 13 percent jump since the passing of the 2014 bond. He added, “I am sure we will need your help soon to help us write the next chapter for Lockhart ISD. It will take the unique perspectives of every one of us to ensure we are growing thoughtfully and intentionally, in a way that provides the best quality of education to every single Lockhart Lion, and in a way that makes sense to our community members.”


The speakers and members of the Board concluded the ceremony with the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon, cueing attendees to enter the buildings for a tour.

“One of the biggest contributors to our success in Lockhart ISD is the tremendous support we have from our community. It was a proud moment to demonstrate how we have worked to renovate these historic buildings, dating back to 1923, and share the direction we are headed as a district,” shared Estrada.


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