Board approves new positions

LISD Board approves new positions to support education of the whole child
Posted on 06/04/2019
District News Release

DATE: June 4, 2019

LISD Board approves new positions to support education of the whole child

LISD art show at Masur Gallery

In photo: LISD student art displayed at the Masur Gallery last year.

The Lockhart Independent School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday evening to approve new positions for the 2019-2020 school year that support the district’s commitment to educate the whole child.

The Board approved 5 full-time positions that would provide each elementary school full-time music and art teachers in the upcoming school year.

In 2018-2019, LISD had two art teachers, two music teachers, and one teacher who taught both art and music serving its elementary students. The district rotated these five teachers at elementary campuses to provide students a chance to enjoy art and music. With the approval of 5 additional full-time positions for art and music teachers, students will now benefit with weekly music and art education.

The leadership team was delighted by the Board’s approval. Feedback from LISD staff in surveys and meetings revealed interest in offering full-time music and art programs to all elementary students, and district leaders had been working towards program expansion for the past two years.

Navarro 4th graders playing ukulele

In photo:  Navarro 4th graders play ukulele under the leadership of Jenn Hodges.

Superintendent Mark Estrada stated, “Our district believes in educating the whole child. To do this, we must be as committed to providing high-quality instruction in the arts as we are to high-quality academic instruction. We are preparing our students for jobs in the future that have not yet been imagined. What we do know, however, is creativity will be critical in the future, and we want to cultivate that in all of our learners, as we do with academics.”

Additionally, the Board approved a new position for a social-emotional learning counselor for the district. The counselor’s main focus would be to teach social-emotional skills to students in small groups and individually at the secondary level. Students who are impacted by stress, mental health issues, or trauma often face greater difficulties in learning. Having targeted support by a social-emotional counselor will provide needed structures of support for students most at-risk.

The social-emotional learning counselor will also provide leadership to elementary counselors, ensuring a continuum of support for all learners’ social-emotional development and needs.

“In LISD, we believe students learn best when they are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported,” said Estrada. “The addition of the social-emotional learning counselor will help us better meet our students’ needs, which in turn helps them to be better able to learn.” The addition of the position was also rooted in feedback provided by parents during the school year in a Thoughtexchange about school safety.  Parents communicated the desire for more support for students with social-emotional issues.

Estrada noted, “We are fortunate to have a Board that understands fully the importance of educating the whole child, and we are grateful for their support.”

The positions are posted on the LISD website at

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