LISD Recognitions, New Hires and Security Updates
June 20, 2018 – Lovejoy ISD’s board meeting, held at Lovejoy ISD Administration Building, included a packed building and agenda. Following the invocation and roll call, recognitions were given.
Three students, Carson Dykstra, Hannah Mao and Robert Schnurr were recognized for their participation with Duke TIP (Duke University Talent Identification Program). They each earned top 10 percent rankings. Duke TIP is a non-profit organization that identifies “academically talented students and provides innovative programs to support the development of their optimal educational potential.” (Duke.edu)
Lovejoy High School Fishing Team was spotlighted for being named “Team of the Year”. The "Team of the Year" designation is calculated based on the results of the five regular season tournaments. There were 50 schools and approximately 300 boats in the competition. Two teams finished in the top 5 with Josh Bittlestone and John Armstrong taking first place and Sam Harrison and Jacob Guzinski taking fifth place. The team of Trey Johnson and Kellen Worley finished seventh. The following students competed at the state tournament: Trey Johnson, Kellen Worley, Coale Barr, Trent Martelloni, Ethan LeGare, Daniel Helsley, Keegan Reck, Austin Paxton, Luke Krisher and Chief Collins. Lovejoy ISD board president, Chad Collins, who has a son on the team, said, “This team had countless hours of practice.” He said that he really enjoyed seeing former Lovejoy fishing team members return from college to watch the current team.
Lovejoy High’s band director, Paul Heuer recognized assistant band teacher, Daniel King for having a piece he composed published. A recorded portion of the piece was played to allow meeting attendees to appreciate the accomplishment.
A revolving door of new hires and their families were introduced and welcomed into the Lovejoy community. Each new staff member was given a traditional ‘apple for the teacher’ along with a contract and pen. There are 32 new hires. LHS: 9, Sloan Creek: 8, Willow Springs: 4, Hart: 3, Puster: 2, Lovejoy: 4 and two new hires for district positions. Experience ranges from none to 24 years.
Newly elected board members Al Litchenburg and Scott Christiansen were presented a certificate of election and were given the oath of office. An election for board officers was held. Chad Collins was elected president, Amy Smith was elected vice president and Anne Smith was elected secretary. All votes were unanimous.
Dr. Dennis Womack, LISD Assistant Superintendent for Operations, presented the Safety and Security Report. Superintendent Ted Moore said he was deeply impacted by a parent who said that LISD has stellar marks in academics but not in security. Moore said that these actions need to take place with haste, “We need to invest in our school to make it as safe as we can.” Regarding the additional security measures, Collins said, “Lovejoy community, there will be things you can see and things you can’t see. You don’t want everyone knowing all the defenses we have in place.” Collins said these school security discussions began last year.
LISD had established an advisory committee on school safety and security. During Moore’s presentation he informed, “The committee was asked to assess current and emerging school safety and security initiatives and best practices to enhance our school facilities.”
Committee recommendations are: Implement a program to have an armed officer on each campus. Implement projects to harden building entry points. Increase support for mental health and behavioral threat assessments. Increase safety and security training and coordination with local responders.
The report listed each of Governor Abbott’s School and Firearm Safety Action Plan strategies and how the committee recommended implementation of these strategies. Under the strategy to increase training, one of the recommendations by the committee is to implement a Med Tac Program. This program will teach all ages critical bystander care skills to provide the greatest help in the first 10 minutes of the most common life threatening emergencies before professional first responders arrive. There were many safety and security details listed in the presentation. The safety and security report was approved.
The 2018–19 budget and tax rate were adopted.