Board to discuss school safety at meeting

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The Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees will hear publicly for the first time from the School Safety Task Force at its regular meeting tonight Oct. 15 at the Lewisville ISD Administrative Center.

Following public comment, the School Safety Task Force, which was formed of parents, staff members, high school students and local police forces, will present to the board. The task force met four times over the past two months to discuss issues relating to student safety moving forward after shootings in Parkland County, Florida and Santa Fe, Texas became national flashpoints late last school year. These meetings were not open to the public.

The board will also hear an update on student transfer policy and “grandfathering,” or remaining at a campus a student is no longer zoned for. The board discussed grandfathering at its Sept. 24 work session in conjunction with its discussion of zoning changes to area schools relating to the closure of Hedrick and College Street elementary schools.

The proposed new policy would guarantee transfer protection for students entering the fourth grade and for any students who start school while their siblings are under a grandfather policy. This will help the district keep families going to the same schools.

A school must still be open in the first place in order for a student to attend it under the grandfathering policy — much of the rezoning is surrounding schools that are closing permanently. Despite eight total schools being involved in the rezoning proposals released two weeks ago, only Central and Lewisville elementary schools could potentially see students attend on a grandfathering policy under these proposals. Several blocks of Old Town that is currently zoned for Central is being shifted to the new elementary school being built on Mill Street, and a triangular wedge of apartment complexes on the east side of Business 121 is being sent from Lewisville Elementary to Central.

On a related note, staff will officially propose Mill Street Elementary as the name of the new elementary school on Mill Street, which will open and replace College Street Elementary next year. It had been informally referred to as Mill Street Elementary since the 2017 bond package in which it was first approved.

Staff will also recommend approval of a class size waiver, which will allow the district to maintain 14 fourth grade and under classrooms that exceed the Texas Education Agency-mandated limit of 22 students per teacher.

On its consent agenda, the board may approve several items related to allowing students from grades 6-12 to earn grade-level credit by examination and membership for six newly opened positions on the school health advisory council.

The Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees meets once a month at the Lewisville ISD Administrative Center at 1565 W. Main St. in Lewisville, with the meeting starting with closed session at 6 p.m. and open session usually starting around 7 p.m. The board also meets several times a month for informational sessions related to items for passage at the meetings. These meetings are all open to the public.

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