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The bell schedule and triple-tier bus system will be discussed by the Leander Independent School District Board of Trustees at their meeting on Thursday. 

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“You might think this is just a regular pep rally or synergy rally, but actually it’s not,” Reed Elementary Principal Paige Collier said. “It’s extra special today. I have been keeping a little secret.” 


Collier turned students’ groans into cheers when it was announced that Reed Elementary School had received a Lighthouse Certification, a highly-regarded standard recognizing schools that have produced outstanding results in school and student outcomes as well as impacted staff, students, parents and the greater community. 

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The Leander Independent School District is currently conducting a community survey to gauge the interest and plan for the expansion of pre-kindergarten from a half-day to a full-day curriculum for eligible 4-year-olds, to begin in the 2020-21 school year, according to the district website. The survey will also gauge the interest in possibly offering a half-day pre-school program for eligible 3-year-olds.  

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The Leander Independent School District Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing regarding the School FIRST annual report at 6:15 p.m. Dec. 12 at 1900 Cougar Country Dr., Cedar Park. 

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Rouse High School Freshman Ava Mongoven addressed the Leander Independent School District Board about gun violence at last week’s meeting. 


“Our school’s culture has been shifted from being one of learning and growth to being underlined with fear and intimidation of gun violence,” Mongoven said. “Growing up in a generation of school shootings is a complete nightmare.” 


Mongoven said she does not know any student that feels safe in school. 


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The Leander Independent School District began teaching their chosen human sexuality curriculum, Austin LifeGuard (ALG), in October. LISD Communications Coordinator Matt Mitchell said the district has used the same program for at least 13 years. 


Review of the human sexuality curriculum occurs every three years through the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC), for grades 7, 8 and 9. 


“SHAC looks at several different curriculums noting the requirements from the state and determines which curriculum to recommend for use in LISD,” Mitchell said. 


In 2018, the LISD SHAC reviewed the ALG, Big Decisions and Scott and White curriculums. Ultimately, the subcommittee recommended that LISD continue their partnership with ALG, at a cost of $35,000. The LISD School Board at the time, approved the recommendation. 

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The Leander Independent School District has grown faster between 2013 and 2018 than any other central Texas school district. The district is expected to continue to grow by at least 1,200 students each year. 

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A juvenile was taken into custody Friday for threatening to shoot up Deerpark Middle School, according to information released by the Williamson County Sheriff's Office.

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The Cedar Park High School Band won their third University Interscholastic League (UIL) state championship in a row on Tuesday night. The Rouse Raider High School Band finished fourth in the state, and Glenn High School, in only its fourth year, made its first trip to the state competition this year.

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While discussing recent tours of special education classrooms at two different district campuses, the Leander Independent School District Board returned to the conversation of inclusion. 

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After much discussion and disagreement, the Leander Independent School District Board and Superintendent Dr. Bruce Gearing reached a compromise last week. With a 4-1 vote, the board approved the District Improvement Plan as presented, with the additional directive to the administration to reconsider and redefine the performance objectives for Goals 1-7. 

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Don’t miss out on a creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky, all together ooky, musical production of “The Addams Family” by the Tom Glenn High School’s Theatre and Choir Department.  

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Leander Independent School District students in 7th, 8th and 9th grades will learn about the human reproductive system, human sexuality and abstinence as part of the Austin LifeGuard Human Sexuality Education Program. The classes began Oct. 21 and will continue through May 26 for three-day windows at every LISD middle school and high school campus, taught by ALG. 

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The 2019 Leander Educational Excellence Foundation (LEEF) MUDstacle and Family Fun Run raised $65k at its 7th Annual event. All proceeds benefit LEEF programs throughout Leander Independent School District. 

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Leander Independent School District Director of Transportation Myron Wilson said there are 56 open bus driver positions in the district. Currently, there are 180 routes, 152 drivers and an estimated ridership growth of 200-plus students. 

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Leander Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Bruce Gearing turned the tables when he got up from his seat and walked around to sit opposite LISD school board members at the Oct. 3 school board meeting, during a presentation regarding ideal school sizes.  Gearing then shared his plans for the school district.

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A group of trailblazing parents addressed the importance of meaningful inclusion in special education at the Leander Independent School District board meeting Thursday. Several parents spoke about their own experiences with special education in LISD, and how those experiences will shape their children’s lives in the future. 

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Dr. Bruce Gearing, Leander Independent School District’s superintendent as of Sept. 3, holds many titles --- world educator, wind-surfer, musician, community member, father, husband, future-thinker and outdoor enthusiast, among many others. 

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Eight Cedar Park Middle School students were arrested today by Williamson County Sheriff’s Office in relation to the vandalism ... more

Local parent Kevin Obrien asked the Leander Independent School District to make meaningful inclusion part of the special education program, prior to the board’s approval to hire 20 additional staff members for the program at a cost of nearly $800,000.  

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