SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT

Demographer’s report again forecasts robust growth for LISD

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Growth is good. After adding the most students in the Austin area over the past decade, Leander ISD will continue adding 1,000 new students each year for the foreseeable future, making it No. 9 in Texas for school district growth.

The LISD Board of Trustees discussed these and other findings from the completed demographic update last week. The demographer forecasts most of the growth in the north part of the district, adding 50,000 new housing units over the next decade.

When it comes to charter and private schools, families in the Leander ISD attendance area choose the district’s schools at a high rate (94 percent of all students, up one percent from last year).

We have excellent teachers and families choose our neighborhoods because of our schools. With caring and compassion, they maintain a focus on innovative teaching methods that nurture the whole child.

Retirees and baby boomers continue to move in greater numbers into LISD than any other Austin metro school district, according to the report. By doing so, they are occupying homes projected for younger buyers. Millennials are moving into LISD at a higher rate than the previous year; however, their growth remains slow due to lack of affordable housing.

“Home prices in Leander continue to rise, as does interest in our community,” Board President Aaron Johnson said. “It’s more important than ever that we keep managing resources effectively to deliver value and achievement to our taxpayers.”

The challenges are there, but so are incredible opportunities. I look forward to working together with you to maximize the potential of every single one of our children.

— Dan Troxell, Ph.D., has been Superintendent of Leander Independent School District since 2016. He earned his undergraduate degree from The University of Texas and his master’s degree from Texas State University in San Marcos.

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