By Rebecca Hertz

The Cove Herald

Based on the newly released Texas Accountability Rating, Hanna Springs and Kline Whitis Elementary Schools have been designated as academically recognized schools.

Other schools in the Lampasas Independent School District were rated as academically acceptable. Superintendent Randy Hoyer announced the designations at the Lampasas ISD School Board meeting Monday evening.

"I want to compliment the teachers and recognize the teachers because that's where the rubber meets the road," said Hoyer. "And every year we pile their plates with more and more stuff and expect more and more out of them and will continue to do that until we are at an exemplary status."

Nelda Fortune, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, briefed the board on the results of the Texas Accountability Rating and the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. Although this is a preliminary report, Fortune said she doesn't foresee any changes in the report status. She said that it is only considered preliminary to allow districts to appeal the results and correct any coding errors that may have affected their status. Once all appeals are reviewed the Texas Educational Agency will release the report again.

Another measure of improvement is the AYP, which is a federal rating driven by the No Child Left Behind Act and takes into consideration the Texas Projection Measure (TPM). The TPM looks at how well students are progressing. All LISD schools achieved AYP status.

"We are very thrilled this has happened and we are going to work even harder because we want all of the campuses to be recognized next year," Fortune said.

In other business, Linda Floerke was reappointed to serve another one-year term on the Lampasas Economic Development board. School Board President, James Briggs, commented that this is a non-voting position and suggested that the school board representative should have a vote on the EDC.

The reappointment motion passed and it was decided that the response letter to the EDC would include a request to give the school board representative a vote on the committee.

In response to a request from the last board meeting, for the Boys and Girls Club to utilize some of the facilities at the old middle school, Hoyer said it would be difficult at this time to make a recommendation until the school district determines how they want to use the facility. He hopes to have a strong recommendation for the board in October.

"Our first priority is to take care of the ISD needs," Briggs said. "The Boys and Girls Club should be at the top of the list after that."

Additional issues included a facilities update by LISD Business Manager, Shane Jones. The high school completion is on schedule and the move-in is progressing.

The cafeteria tables are in, the scoreboards are partially in place and the bleachers are being installed. After installation the gym floor will be resealed.

The technology network is in place and the installation of fiber optics is in progress at the old high school.

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