What a busy month it has been! I’ve had a blast celebrating with the Cougars, Hawks, Marauders, Farmers and Jaguars at their homecoming celebrations over the past few weeks. I hope that your family was able to make some memories participating in the festivities!
I wanted to let you know that later this week all LISD families will be receiving an email with a link to our annual parent survey. Your input is crucial as we plan for the future of our district, so I hope you’ll spend a few minutes giving us your feedback.
As you know, election season is approaching quickly. LISD will have seven propositions on the ballot this November, one for a Voter Approval Tax-Rate Ratification Election, or VATRE, and six for bond proposals. I encourage you to visit LISDBond.com for everything you need to know about campus projects, voting information, FAQs and more. Early voting begins this upcoming Monday, Oct. 23! The most important thing for you to remember is that even if all seven propositions are approved, LISD's tax rate will still be 10.6 cents less than it was in 2023.
I hope you’ll read the rest of this newsletter to get a glimpse of everything going on in our district. Thank you as always for partnering with LISD as we work together to build the next generation of learners and leaders!
In this video I cover our upcoming Bond & VATRE election, the current legislative special session, our family survey and more. Need this in a different language? Read instructions for how to translate.
Oct. 23 | Early Voting Begins
Oct. 27 | World Occupational Therapy Day
Nov. 3 | Last Day of Early Voting
Nov. 6-10 | National School Psychology Week
Nov. 7 | Election Day (Student Holiday, Staff Day)
Nov. 13 | Regular Board Meeting
Nov. 11 | Veterans Day
Nov. 15 | Education Support Professionals Day
Nov. 17 | Substitute Educators Day
Bond + VATRE 2023
Visit LISDBond.com to learn more about LISD's seven propositions included on the ballot this November. To find out what projects for your campus are included in the bond proposal, visit LISDbond.com/projects. The most important thing for you to remember is that even if all seven propositions are approved, LISD's tax rate will still be 10.6 cents less than it was in 2023.
Early voting begins Monday, Oct. 23 and runs through Friday, Nov. 3, and Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7. When you vote snap a picture and use the hashtag #BeTheOneWhoVotes.
LISD Bond UnRapped
Watch the latest installments of UnRapped, our informational video series designed to break down various topics related to the upcoming bond and VATRE election.
The 86th Legislative session (2019) passed a law that requires school districts to include the language "this is a property tax increase" on all school bonds, even though LISD’s debt management policies have positioned the district to take on this debt with no increase to the I&S tax rate. UnRapp more details about Ballot Language in this episode of LISD’s video series.
School District Funding
To understand how your tax rate provides funds for your local school district, it is important to first have a better understanding of the state funding formula. UnRapp how school districts receive funding in this episode of UnRapped: School District Funding. For a deeper understanding of LISD's financials, visit our Financial Dashboard on the LISD website.
The LISD Board of Trustees is asking voters to consider a Voter Approval Tax-Rate Ratification Election (VATRE) to sustain competitive pay for staff, and maintain student instructional and extracurricular opportunities and programs of choice. Learn more about what this means for LISD in this episode on UnRapped.
Board Meeting Recap
Board Member Spotlight: Dr. Buddy Bonner
Governor Greg Abbott called for a special session that began October 9 to address school funding issues and education savings accounts, otherwise known as vouchers.
LISD's Legislative Priorities
Special Session Priority
At Monday night's board meeting, the LISD Board of Trustees took action to adopt a special session legislative priority related to public school funding. "We implore the Governor to include public school funding and an increase to the basic allotment to the call of the Special Session." Read the full priority at LISD.net/legislative.
LISD supports an increase to the Basic Allotment and addressing the unfunded mandates placed on Texas public schools. Full access to adequate funding for all school districts is critical to providing adequate programs that meet student needs.
Education Savings Accounts (Vouchers)
Public dollars require public accountability. Texas public schools are held to rigorous accountability standards. Private schools do not have the same standards and requirements. Ensuring any diversion of public funds to a non-publicly accountable individual and/or institution will require compliance with all state accountability measures and requirements already placed on public schools.
How to Advocate
- Share what you've learned with your circle of influence.
- Share positive stories happening in LISD on social media.
- Determine who represents you (lisd.net/reps)
- Make phone calls or write emails/letters to your elected officials.
Get Connected | LISD App
As a reminder, the LISD community now has access to our new Lewisville ISD app. The app gives families access to grades, attendance, lunch menus, bus routes, emergency notifications…and more!
Feeder Pattern Newsletters
LISD’s Feeder Pattern Newsletters unite the communities that make up LISD by sharing the great stories happening in our schools. Though you’ll receive your feeder pattern’s newsletter each quester, you can also visit LISD.net/Newsletters to see the newsletters from the other communities. After all, whether you’re a Jaguar, Hawk, Farmer, Marauder or Cougar - we are all One LISD!
This program gives our staff and community members the opportunity to highlight the exceptional work of our staff here at LISD. Visit LISD.net/Recognize to highlight a fellow staff member today!
We are committed to building positive partnerships between staff and communities with clear communication. As the school year starts, we want to remind families of our LISD Communication Commitments.
This month's commitment is: Please allow 24 hours for teachers to acknowledge that they have received your communication. To view the Communication Flow, click HERE.
Happy Homecoming, LISD!
We have had a blast celebrating homecoming at all of our high schools! Visit any high school Facebook page for pictures of the festivities, and visit LISD.net for full recaps of the celebrations.
Watch: LHS Attempts World's Largest Homecoming Mum
This summer, Fashion & Interior Design teacher Abby Winston set her sights on breaking the Guinness World Record for largest homecoming mum, and after nine weeks of careful planning, crafting and engineering, her students are on the way to putting their names in the record books.
TECC-W Culinary Team Wows Fans at Dallas Cowboys 2023 Home Opener
At this season's Dallas Cowboys home opener, TECC West's Culinary Team served up their award-winning food for spectators to enjoy. Last year the TECC-W Culinary Team competed in the Taste of the Cowboys Challenge, where students had 75 minutes to make an appetizer, an entree and a dessert for the judges. Their fajita cone entree wow-ed judges, and is what they served 200 fans at AT&T Stadium. READ MORE
From the beginning, Lewisville Independent School District has committed to ensuring all students are confident, equipped with the knowledge and skills to thrive and adapt for their future. Visit Best Schools in Texas for more information about joining the LISD family. Need this update in a different language? Visit LISD.net/translate.