Long-range facilities planning committee meets

Long-range facilities planning committee begins its charge
Posted on 05/31/2019
District News Release

DATE: May 31, 2019

Long-range facilities planning committee begins its charge

Dr. Lizzy Asbury facilitates the meeting

Lockhart Independent School District hosted the long-range facilities planning committee at the M.L. Cisneros Education Support Center last night. This meeting is the first of six planned for committee members to review the adequacy of current facilities, school district growth, and the needs of LISD learners for optimal whole child learning experiences. Members will ultimately identify priorities for long-range facilities planning.

Superintendent Mark Estrada welcomed the group of diverse committee members, comprised of district staff, parents, and other individuals across the community. All were nominated and selected by a member of the LISD Board of Trustees and the superintendent to serve on the committee.

LISD Board President Steve Johnson presented the Board’s charge to the committee, stating, “Our Lockhart community members will advocate for safe, innovative, and cost effective buildings for 21st century lifelong learners.  The committee will consider all pertinent and available information to develop a long-range facility plan that serves the needs of all Lockhart ISD students.”

Dr. Lizzy Asbury, chief executive officer of Transcend4 and facilitator for the committee, then set the stage for the work of the committee, leading the group through ground rules, information about gradients of agreement and decision making models, and an overview of coming to consensus. Dr. Asbury will facilitate each of the meetings throughout the summer.

“In LISD, we know as leaders that when we engage the people we serve, we learn more. When we learn more, we make better decisions. Planning for the future to ensure our students have the best learning experiences, and the resources they need to support that, is something that can only be done in partnership with our staff, parents, and community,” noted Superintendent Estrada. “In our fast-growth school district, there’s no room for error. We have to get this right, and with community support, we will.”

The district created a quick link labeled “Long-range facilities planning” on its website, www.lockhartisd.org, that provides information about the committee, an overview of the meetings, and links to demographic reports. As the committee members meet, the district will post updates with links to presentations for the community to be able to access and review after each meeting.

Image of district website with location of LRFP button circled

The information is also accessible through the LISD mobile app. Any community member who does not yet have this valuable communication tool can download it by searching for “Lockhart ISD” in the app store. Watch the quick tutorial on how to get started.

“It is an exciting time to be a Lockhart Lion,” added Board President Johnson. “We just finished the school year, one in which we saw our students achieve tremendous growth in academics and flourish in extracurricular activities. We are making our mark as a school district, and with the community’s help, we will be successful in our mission to build a legacy of excellence.”

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