Levelland ISD Holds Regular Meeting

Levelland ISDThe Levelland ISD Board of Trustees met for a regular meeting Thursday night.

Trustees also approved the Summer School calendar for 2018.  Classes will start on June 4th and will continue through June 29th.  Summer school will be held on all campuses.  It was noted that there are ACE funds available to pay for many of the enrichment activities which are available this year.  They will apply for ACE funds for 2019, however, it was noted that if it is not approved,  summer school would be cut greatly in 2019 and would only be what is required by law.

Trustees also approved a staff development waiver to allow the use of four instructional days for staff development in 2018-2019.

Representatives from Parkhill, Smith and Cooper and McCutchin Construction presented the bids for demolition of old Lobo Stadium.  It is not a full demolition, they will be leaving the large concession stand on the home side and the ticket booth.  Bleachers, concrete at the base of the bleachers, press box, and light poles will be demo’d.  On the visitors side they will leave the concession stand and ticket booth.  There could be some extra expense, they estimate at 10-15 thousand dollars.  The district is limited on what can be done with the facility due to funding.  It was noted that some of the youth football leagues could probably use the facility once it was made to be safe after the demolition is done.  Demolition was approved by Trustees on a unanimous vote.  A bid of $131,000 from Thrasher, Inc. of Plainview was approved.  It was noted that their will be some electrical work to be done as well and that is estimated to cost $12,000-$15,000.  It was noted that the district had $200,000 set aside for the project.  This is the final project of the bond project.  It was noted that through this entire bond project, it has come in under budget and the district did not have to cut back in any academic area.  To see a diagram of what will be demo’d as part of the project click here.

The trustees also approved the monthly financial reports.

Trustees also took action to cancel the district 2 and 4 election as Tania Moody and Treva Potter are unopposed.

Trustees also approved the 2018-2019 school calendar.  Classes will start on August 20th, 2018 and will end on May 23rd, 2019.  Classes are starting one week ahead of state requirement, because of the District of Innovation distinction the district has the flexibility.

The board received a presentation on the A-F Accountability System.  The specifics is to be released in April.  School progress will be measured by student growth and relative performance.  Relative performance will be used where they cannot use student growth.  Student growth will include all STAAR tests and will use STAAR Progress Measurement.  In high school there are limitations to measuring growth with STAAR.  Potentially growth at the high school will be measured on a small populations.  Nothing has been decided and State has not made final rules as of yet.  In measuring growth, districts will get a point for increasing scores from year to year, a half a point if they maintain and 0 points if they decline.   We have to keep moving students forward on grade level and not let them slip back.  It was also noted that student growth will be made part of the teacher evaluations.  The districts current practices for measuring growth include comparing percent performance from previous year to each assessment, monitoring if students are moving from does not meet to approaches and approaches to meets growth standard.  They also monitor if students are maintaining.  On Relative Performance, their will be separate cut points for the A-F system for each campus based on elementary schools, middle schools, high school.  Everything will be based on 2016-2017 performance.  Cut points have not been released by the state.  Trustees for all public school districts in the state will be required to attend three hours of training on the new accountability system.

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