School board to make decision on raises, increase SROs at meeting

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At its June 4 regular meeting, the Lewisville ISD school board is expected to give teachers a 2 percent raise, which is down from the normal annual raise, in addition to items related to school safety and concern stemming from recent school shootings.

In the background material, it is recommended that the board approve a 2 percent raise for all eligible employees. The board has approved 3 percent raises in three of the last four years. In last week’s informational meeting, a lower raise was discussed as a belt-tightening measure. While this would keep LISD in line with other local school districts, some board members seemed reticent to give a lower raise than normal and more information was requested.

The board is also expected to approve a stipend for Hedrick Elementary School staff to remain for the campus’ final year. Based on current staffing, the district would award a total of $99,000 through this stipend.

On the consent agenda, the board is advised to approve the continued practice of contracting with local law enforcement agencies for school resource officers, or specialized police officers responsible for crime enforcement in schools. The district currently employs 17 SROs provided by five local law enforcement agencies, including six each from Flower Mound and Lewisville. According to background material, the district is currently working to bring in 11 more for the next school year, including four each from Flower Mound and Lewisville.

The board is also expected to approve a low-attendance day waiver for Marcus High School in Flower Mound for Feb. 16, when more than 1,350 students were absent due to a fear of gun violence. Students were shaken by the highly publicized shooting in Parkland County, Florida Feb. 14, which left 17 people dead, and the same day, a weapon was found in possession of a Marcus student. Social media traffic about a threat to Marcus circulated Feb. 15, and on Feb. 16, school attendance was at less than 60 percent.

The board is also expected to approve an agreement with the City of Lewisville to establish an entrepreneurship curriculum at Lewisville High School starting next year. Lewisville approved the use of tens of thousands of donated dollars to establish the curriculum during its City Council meeting two weeks ago. Although Lewisville city staff said the program would be exclusive to Lewisville High School, the school board’s background material describes ambitions to bring this program to other district high schools.

Also on the consent agenda, the board is expected to agree to dispose of 80 pallets of outdated instructional materials and old library books and changes to its inter-district transfer policies. Currently, students are allowed to transfer from districts not adjacent to LISD, and this change would allow transfers from students in districts that are adjacent to LISD.

Before taking action, the district will discuss finding a real estate broker to address 300 acres of undeveloped property, divided into parcels ranging from 3 to 78 acres.

It will also hear an update on the targeted improvement plan for Hedrick Elementary School, which was branded as an Improvement Required school this year based on STAAR test performance. Schools are required to participate in the Texas Accountability Intervention System if they receive this rating.

The LISD Board of Trustees meets once per month, with several informational sessions in between.

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