By Rebecca Hertz

Killeen Daily Herald

LAMPASAS – 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 LISD board meeting Monday.

"I want to compliment the teachers and recognize the teachers because that's where the rubber meets the road," Hoyer said. "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 it was 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 Education Agency will release the report again.

Another measure of improvement is the AYP, a federal rating driven by the No Child Left Behind Act. It takes into consideration the Texas Projection Measure, which 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 Corporation board.

Board President James Briggs said the school board representative should have a vote on the EDC. The board decided that a response letter to the EDC would contain a request for the school board representative to have a vote on the committee.

In response to a request from the last board meeting for the Boys & Girls Club to use 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 it wants to use the facility. He hopes to have a recommendation for the board in October.

Also, LISD Business Manager Shane Jones gave a facilities update. Completion of the high school 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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