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XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX School district ramps up pandemic-eraoperations As schools reopened earlier this month for in-person instruction for the rst time during the pandemic, the bulk of Lewisville ISD’s instructional workforce was slated to return to the classroom. The substitutes who would ll in for them, however, were in relatively short supply compared to previous years. Sixty-ve teachers were on leave during the rst week of in-person instruction, down from 82 on leave the previous year, according to district spokesperson Amanda Brim. Most BY DANIEL HOUSTON, MIRANDA JAIMES & LIESBETH POWERS

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Lewisville in talks to bring grocery store toOld Town

OBSTACLES TO DEVELOPMENT City ocials said market competition, a spread-out population and lower disposable income may be working against eorts to attract a grocery store to the Old Town area. Here is how Old Town and its surrounding neighborhoods stack up against 47 nearby census tracts.

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Access togrocerystores is apersistent sore spot for some Lewisville residents east of I-35E, but it is one that city o- cials say may soon be addressed. The subject came up again in early August at the “Listen, Learn, Lead” forum, a series Mayor Rudy Durham asked sta to create in order to gather a variety of perspectives from the city’s Black community. When the topic turned to grocery store access, every speaker had a dier- ent version of the same question: Why do residents east of I-35E have to drive outside their communities to buy fresh produce? “I feel that that’s a disservice to our citizens and to the community,” Traci

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Stores line Main Street in Lewisville. (Daniel Houston/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Long Prairie Road, Ste. 200, Flower Mound. The jungle-themed play space features multiple levels, a tube slide and a ball pit as well as wall games, a soft carousel and a toddler play area. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Jungle Castle is limiting the number of children for each play session to 15 and is deep-cleaning the play area after each session, or every two hours. Play tickets can be reserved online with unlimited playtime and mem- bership options. 469-968-8009. www.junglecastleplaycenter.com COMING SOON 7 Buttermilk Sky Pie was expected to open its Flower Mound location in October at 4610 Long Prairie Road, Ste. 120, Flower Mound. The dessert shop specializes in handmade small and large pies, including buttermilk pie, apple pie, pecan pie and chocolate meringue. Buttermilk Sky Pie has locations in Frisco, Colleyville and Dallas and is expected to open a Plano location soon as well. www.buttermilkskypie.com 8 YogaSix plans to open in Septem- ber at 4610 Long Prairie Road, Flower Mound. The boutique yoga studio had previously expected an opening in May, but the coronavirus pandemic led to some additional delays in permitting, according to YogaSix management. The studio will offer six different class types, including heated and non-heated yoga, fitness and meditation. 972-638-8598. www.yogasix.com 9 The Human Bean is planning to open its new Lewisville location in December or January at 1001 FM 3040, Lewisville.

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NOWOPEN 1 Lakeside Urban Grocery opened Aug. 21 at 2500 Lakeside Parkway, Ste. 100, Flower Mound. The store sells a variety of regular groceries as well as specialty items that fit vegan, keto, gluten-free and organic diets. The store also has an outdoor patio and offers grab-and-go meals from several caterers. 214-513-4000. www.lakesideurbangrocery.com 2 Ulta Beauty opened a new location Aug. 14 at 420 E. Round Grove Road, Ste. 425, Lewisville. The store and salon offers beauty products as well as hair and eyebrow appointments. The salon is taking a number of safety precautions, from mask and glove use to regular

wellness screens of the staff. 469-455-2402. www.ulta.com/beautyservices

as homeowners and renters insurance. The company also offers bundled policies for more than one type of insurance. 469-390-6500. www.geico.com 5 Total Med Solutions opened its Flow- er Mound clinic June 23 in Parker Square, 950 Parker Square Road, Flower Mound. The enhanced health and living company offers treatments for weight loss and wrinkles as well as hormone therapy and aesthetic treatments, such as acne treatment and laser hair removal. Total Med Solutions also has locations in Plano, Southlake, Dallas and Allen. 214-987-9202. www.totalmedsolutions.com 6 Jungle Castle opened its soft indoor playground for families July 4 at 1901

3 The therapy center icare Rehabilita- tion & Physical Medicine Center opened its new location Aug. 31 at 650 Parker Square Road, Flower Mound. The center offers treatment for people with neu- rological problems, orthopedic issues, dementia and other conditions. In addition to its neurological rehabilitation program, the center’s treatments range from phys- ical therapy to speech and occupational therapy. www.icarerehabilitation.com 4 GEICO opened its first Flower Mound office Aug. 5. The office, located at 4630 Long Prairie Road, Ste. 200, Flower Mound, offers insurance on cars, motor- cycles, boats and other watercraft as well

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FEATURED IMPACT REOPENING The Moviehouse & Eatery reopened the rst week of July after closing its doors in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since reopening at 951 Long Prairie Road, Flower Mound, the cinema has added a number of health and safety precautions. These include daily temperature checks and personal protective equipment for all team members; online ticket reservations; mask requirements for customers and recommended no-cash purchasing. The cinema is also being sanitized regularly and has been recongured for distanced The drive-thru coffee shop, located off of Round Grove Road, will offer an assort- ment of coffees, espresso beverages, smoothies and teas. This location will be the Oregon-based chain’s second in North Texas. The other one is located at 2661 Midway Road, Ste. 300, Carrollton. www.facebook.com/ thehumanbeanlewisvilletx 10 Kretzschy’s Cajun BBQ expects to open by late September at 1301 FM 407, Ste. 103, Lewisville. The restaurant will feature dishes that combine Texas BBQ and Louisiana Cajun flavors. Upcoming menu options include smoked meats, burgers, po’boys, and fried chicken and catfish. Sauce titles at Kretzschy’s include Burbon, Blueberry and Swamp. www.instagram.com/ kretzschyscajun_lewisville RELOCATIONS 11 Pharmacy & Home Health Specialists relocated this spring from its Lewisville storefront to 2140 Justin Road, Ste. 100, Highland Village. The company offers in-home services, such as skilled nursing; physical, occupational and speech thera- py; and catheter and wound care, among other services. Pharmacy specialists also offer weekly medication reconciliation. 972-472-2006. www.hhspecialists.com ANNIVERSARIES 12 Lambeau’s America Kitchen and Taps opened last June at 4131 Deer Creek, Ste. 110, Highland Village. The restaurant showcases famous foods from states and cities with NFL teams, including Tennessee fried chicken, Arizona beef chimichangas and Kansas City pork ribs as well as Dallas

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13 A window-furnishings manufactur- er is planning to expand its Lewisville factory in 2021 after reaching a deal with the city. The city of Lewisville will cover Norman International Dallas’ building permit fees as part of the economic incentive agreement, which the city ap- proved Aug. 17. The company is planning to add 130,000 square feet of warehouse and manufacturing space to the building, located at 1175 N. Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville. Norman specializes in making shutters, blinds, shades and similar prod- ucts. www.normanusa.com CLOSINGS 14 Smile Doctors Braces closed its lo- cation earlier this year at 2417 S. Stemmons Freeway, Ste. 105, Lewisville. The ortho- dontic company offered braces, Invisalign and other treatments, such as orthognathic surgery and retainers. Smile Doctors Braces has remaining locations in Little Elm, Denton, Southlake and other areas in North Texas. www.smiledoctors.com 15 Billiard Factory closed Aug. 9 in Lewisville. The store was located at 2061 S. Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville. The company will continue to operate at an- other North Texas location, 4000 Hedg- coxe Road, Plano. The company sells pool tables and accessories, dart boards, bars and stools and other products. Billiard Factory first opened in Houston in 1975. 972-434-4434. www.billiardfactory.com

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Speed limits lowered on SH 121 The speed limits for frontage roads along the Same Rayburn Tollway in Lewisville were reduced to 50 mph Aug. 17. The roads previously had speed limits of 60 mph and 55 mph. The Texas Department of Transportation found that Lewisville had a high crash rate on the roads, according to a release from the city of Lewisville, and there is high driveway density along those roads. The speed limits for frontage roads in Coppell, Carrollton and The Colony are also expected to be slowed to 50 mph, which will allow for cars to maintain a consistent speed when entering or exiting Lewisville on the access roads, the city said. Timeline: went into eect Aug. 17 Cost: N/A Funding source: N/A

Speed limits have been lowered on frontage roads throughout the Sam Rayburn Tollway corridor. (Jason Lindsay/Community Impact Newspaper)

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NUMBER TOKNOW The contract for new Highland Village City Manager Paul Stevens will last three years, with an end date of Sept. 30, 2023, according to his employment agreement with the city. His annual base salary will be $210,000 under the agreement. Stevens, whose employment with the city began Sept. 14, will take over Oct. 1 for retiring City Manager Michael Leavitt. 3 CITY HIGHLIGHTS FLOWERMOUND Town Council has approved a contract to replace playground equipment at Chinn Chapel Soccer Complex. The project will total $149,000 and include the removal of the current playground equipment, the installation of new articial turf and the purchase of custom- designed equipment, from climbing walls to graphic play panels. DENTONCOUNTY Commissioners Court adopted a scal year 2020- 21 budget Sept. 8 with $319 million in expenditures—down roughly $2 million from the last year’s adopted budget. The new county tax rate of $0.224985 per $100 valuation is the lowest the county has adopted since 1986. MEETINGSWE COVER Lewisville City Council Meets at 7 p.m. the rst and third Mondays of each month. www.cityoewisville.com Lewisville ISD board of trustees Meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month. www.lisd.net Flower Mound Town Council Meets at 6 p.m. the rst and third Mondays of each month. www.ower-mound.com Highland Village City Council Meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. www.highlandvillage.org

Small businesses scoopup funding from countygrant program DENTON COUNTY Cities and towns in southeast Denton County received a signicant portion of local CARES Act funding for small businesses. Flower Mound, a town with 9% of the county’s population, received more than 200 small business grants—roughly 15% of the total number awarded through the Denton County OPEN program, according to county numbers released Aug. 18. The larger city of Lewisville received nearly 180 grants, and more than 30 businesses with a Highland Village address received assistance. The program was funded through money from the federal stimulus law that went into eect earlier this year. Most grant recipients employed fewer than 10 people each, the county said. “Supporting them with these grants is a way to keep these busi- nesses functioning and open for the future,” Commissioner Dianne Edmondson said in a statement.

The city will reduce costs in scal year 202021 in personnel, road projects and other infrastructure investments. (Daniel Houston/Community Impact Newspaper)

Lewisville budget scales back on services, reworks, road repairs

LEWISVILLE Residents may see reductions to library hours, neigh- borhood programs and prominent community events in scal year 2020-21 as part of a broad series of budget cuts the city is considering amid the uncertain economic climate. The city of Lewisville has already whittled down its sta and is pre- paring to slash department budgets as it readies for the possibility of an 8.7% reduction in general fund revenue in FY 2020-21. City sta presented the budget details to council members in August as part of a work session. Council told sta to plan for an

unchanged property tax rate. If the budget plan is adopted, the Red, White and Lewisville reworks show would be canceled, as would the city’s Rocktober event and Fall Fashion Festival. The Old Town Aquatic Center would remain closed next summer, and libraries would continue to see their hours aected. The city’s biggest areas of cost reduction would be in personnel, road projects and other infrastruc- ture investments. Council is scheduled to vote Sept. 21 on the FY 2020-21 budget and to vote Sept. 25 on the tax rate.

Next Highland Village citymanager to start in October

HIGHLAND VILLAGE Rowlett’s deputy city manager will become the top executive for the city of Highland Village after clearing a nal series of procedural steps. Highland Village City Council approved an employment agreement Aug. 25 with Paul

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Texans are weeks away from casting votes in a slew of local, state and federal races Nov. 3. The following information details how to prepare for early voting and Election Day. SOURCE: TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER FREQUENTLY ASKEDQUESTIONS ABOUT VOTING

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To check whether your county participates in the Countywide Polling Place Program, search ‘countywide polling place list’ on the Texas secretary of state’s website. Q: I don’t have an ID. Can I still vote? A: Voters without a photo ID are required to sign a sworn adavit that exempts them from the ID requirement, but they must still provide another form of identication. Q: Can I vote by mail in Texas? A: Only some Texas voters are eligible to re- quest mail-in ballots. Residents must be age 65 or older, be disabled, be out of the coun- ty on Election Day or during early voting by personal appearance, or be conned in jail. Q: I fall into one of those eligible categories. How do I apply? A: Voters can print an application to vote by mail from the Texas secretary of state’s web- site. It must be printed, lled out, signed and mailed or faxed to the early voting clerk in the voter’s county. Check the secretary of state’s website to nd information on your county’s early voting clerk.

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2020 PUBLIC EDUCATION EDITION L E W I S V I L L E I S D S N A P S H O T DISTRICT DATA

COMPILED BY LIESBETH POWERS Enrollment at Lewisville ISD has steadily declined over the past ve years, diering from that of neighboring districts. The district has a substantially lower enrollment than Frisco ISD, but it remains higher than that of Denton ISD. LISD’s average base salaries are slightly higher than those of both neighboring districts. SOURCES: LEWISVILLE ISD, TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER *Estimated STUDENT ENROLLMENT 201920 TEACHER STATS

TOTAL NUMBER OF TEACHERS

AVERAGE BASE TEACHER SALARY

3,605.73

$59,902

NEIGHBORING DISTRICT COMPARISON

NEIGHBORING DISTRICT COMPARISON

Frisco ISD: 4,279.40 Denton ISD: 2,334.80

Frisco ISD: $59,445 Denton ISD: $59,377

201920 ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS

2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21*

33.63%

LEWISVILLE ISD AVERAGE

FROM 201617 -2.5%

12.94%

FRISCO ISD AVERAGE

EMPLOYEE BREAKDOWN

60.24%

3,605 Teaching sta

STATE AVERAGE

1,133 Auxiliary sta

201920 ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS 18.60%

Total personnel, 2019-20 school year 6,313

700 Support sta 613 Paraprofessional sta 262

33.63%

LEWISVILLE ISD AVERAGE

7.21%

FRISCO ISD AVERAGE

20.26%

STATE AVERAGE

Administrative sta

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Public Education Edition 2020 A N I N S I D E LO O K AT L E W I S V I L L E I S D D E M O G R A P H I C S B Y S C H O O L C A M P U S CAMPUS DEEP DIVE COMPILED BY DANIEL HOUSTON Lewisville ISD serves children from a broad range of cities in southeast Denton County. Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland Village, The Colony, Castle Hills and other areas have neighborhoods within the district’s boundaries. As a result, the district’s racial and

DEMOGRAPHICS

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 201920 DATA 1 B.B. Owen Elementary 2 Bluebonnet Elementary 3 Bridlewood Elementary 4 Camey Elementary 5 Castle Hills Elementary 6 Central Elementary 7 Coyote Ridge Elementary 8 Creekside Elementary

344 164 -

- 12.5% 23.0% 10.5% - 46.8% 48, 56

521 25

- 39.9% 5.8% 8.8% -

- 42.2% 55, 57 4.6% 76.5% 45, 61 7.7% 31.4% 52, 56 7.7% 50.1% 51, 58

395 N/A -

6.1% -

10.1% -

609 331 744 23

- -

- 13.6% 43.0% -

31.6% -

7.1% -

ethnic demographics can vary a great deal by campus. SOURCES: TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER ACCOUNTABILITYRATINGS All Texas school districts and campuses will receive a “Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster” label for their 2020 accountability ratings, according to the Texas Education Agency. Texas students take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness each year to measure standards in reading, writing, math, science and social studies, and they are traditionally given letter grades ranging from A-F based on their performance. Although the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing, as of press time, the state maintains that all students will be required to take the STAAR exam in 2021. FOR 2020 AND BEYOND The ratings are based on several categories, including Student Achievement, School Progress and Closing the Gaps, all of which compare student performance.

652 576 -

-

5.4% 89.6% -

-

-

44, 59

636 211 479 307

- 39.3% 25.6% 12.4% -

- 16.7% 43, 51, 58 - 15.4% 44, 46, 59 7.5% 27.6% 50, 59 5.7% 61.5% 47, 57 - 47.5% 52, 56 5.1% 64.0% 45, 53, 61 5.0% 55.9% 47, 57 6.1% 57.3% 47, 57 - 30.5% 43, 58 3.7% 68.8% 42, 61 6.7% 54.0% 41, 58 3.5% 75.7% 42, 61 7.5% 51.9% 41, 58 1.9% 12.9% 51, 58 8.4% 34.0% 41, 43, 58 2.2% 5.0% 44, 50, 59 4.5% 7.8% 44, 59 5.5% 61.4% 54, 55, 57

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19.4% 16.1% 45.1% - 17.0% 23.0% 24.4% - 18.1% 4.1% 10.6% - 8.8% 13.1% 24.9% -

9 Degan Elementary 10 Donald Elementary 11 Ethridge Elementary

652 412 -

B LEWISVILLE ISD OVERALL RATING Exemplary performance Recognized performance Acceptable performance In need of 2019 RATING

613

51

-

434 136 -

12 Flower Mound Elementary 13 Forest Vista Elementary 14 Garden Ridge Elementary 15 Hebron Valley Elementary

492 67 503 75

- 10.0% -

17.1% -

- 20.5% 4.2% 13.9% -

429 68 -

16.8% -

15.4% -

511

93

- 38.7% 13.7% 11.7% -

16 Heritage Elementary 17 Hicks Elementary

561 36 - 657 38 - 370 60 - 559 103 -

8.6% 4.5% 13.4% - 14.6% 8.1% 16.3% - 3.0% - 16.8% - 12.5% 8.8% 19.0% -

18 Highland Village Elementary 19 Homestead Elementary 20 Independence Elementary 21 Indian Creek Elementary

908 386 - 26.3% 5.4% 53.0% -

574 197 837 737 619 501

- - -

17.2% 17.4% 23.0% - 16.4% 3.5% 72.8% - 2.1% 21.0% 63.7% -

improvement Unacceptable performance

22 Lakeland Elementary 23 Lewisville Elementary 24 Liberty Elementary 25 Lillie J. Jackson Early Childhood Center 26 McAulie Elementary

528

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- 22.5% 2.5% -

-

668 440 - 604 24 -

16.2% 14.4% 56.3% -

3.1% 9.6% N/A

NOTE: HYPHENS  INDICATE A SMALL POPULATION OF STUDENTS FEWER THAN 30 FALL WITHIN THIS DEMOGRAPHIC. COUNTS ARE NOT MADE AVAILABLE I.E., MASKED TO COMPLY WITH THE FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT FERPA.

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2.8% 12.3% -

3.6% 79.1% 42, 61

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DEMOGRAPHICS

DEMOGRAPHICS

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 201920 DATA 27 Mill Street Elementary 28 Morningside Elementary 29 Old Settlers Elementary 30 Parkway Elementary 31 Peters Colony Elementary

MIDDLE SCHOOLS 201920 DATA

586 498 -

46 DurhamMiddle School 47 Forestwood Middle School 48 Grin Middle School 49 Hedrick Middle School 50 Hunes Middle School 51 Killian Middle School 52 LakeviewMiddle School 53 Lamar Middle School 54 McKamy Middle School 55 Shadow Ridge Middle School

810 550 - 910 94 - 745 356 - 636 449 - 814 466 - 995 215 - 637 325 -

-

10.9% 70.1% -

2.0% 15.2% 44, 59 4.6% 44.1% 48, 56 6.2% 61.2% 54, 55, 57 3.4% 18.8% 49, 59 - 18.3% 48, 56 7.8% 19.5% 43, 58 6.2% 52.7% 53, 61 4.8% 14.6% 46, 59 5.5% 10.9% 46, 59 9.0% 22.6% 48, 52, 56 6.1% 58.0% 53, 61 6.3% 36.9% 50, 59 - 13.7% 49, 59 3.7% 57.4% 54, 57

6.5% 39.3% 38.4% -

- 12.3% 59 4.1% 60.5% 57 5.2% 36.5% 56 3.0% 14.6% 59 - 23.1% 59 - 29.6% 58 5.7% 32.8% 56 - 52.2% 61 2.7% 56.1% 57

390 81

- 24.6% 8.5% 16.2% -

13.6% -

17.8% -

577 29 - 20.6% -

9.9% -

4.8% 12.8% 39.6% - 10.5% 7.9% 63.7% - 8.1% 19.3% 44.6% - 36.1% 8.7% 22.1% -

581 352 - 578 370 -

10.7% 9.1% 57.5% -

-

11.1% 66.4% -

32 Polser Elementary

497 219 - 26.0% 25.2% 20.5% -

33 Prairie Trail Elementary 34 Rockbrook Elementary 35 Southridge Elementary

695 128 - 728 425 - 649 488 -

9.9% -

27.8% -

-

19.3% 37.4% -

737 130 - 14.0% 5.7% 23.1% -

7.1% 46.7% 26.5% - 5.4% 30.8% 47.0% -

866 26 - 30.5% -

8.3% -

36 Stewart's Creek Elementary 301 190 -

-

27.2% 34.9% -

671 37

- 23.4% -

10.4% -

3.7% 59.0% 57

37 Timber Creek Elementary 38 Valley Ridge Elementary 39 Vickery Elementary 40 Wellington Elementary

512 146 - 588 196 - 758 533 -

9.6% 7.4% 17.4% - 7.8% 17.3% 31.0% - 14.9% 6.6% 61.1% - 21.2% 1.2% 16.0% -

DEMOGRAPHICS

857 25

-

HIGH SCHOOLS 201920 DATA

DEMOGRAPHICS

MIDDLE SCHOOLS 201920 DATA

56 The Colony High School 57 Flower Mound High School 58 Hebron High School 59 Lewisville High School 60 Lewisville Learning Center

2,022 780 -

7.4% 13.8% 35.9% -

4.0% 38.3% 96.1%

3,649 149 - 20.3% 2.7% 12.4% -

2.9% 61.1% 99.5%

41 Arbor Creek Middle School 42 Briarhill Middle School 43 Creek Valley Middle School 44 DeLay Middle School 45 Downing Middle School

837 172 -

16.2% 12.1% 24.1% - 7.1% 3.6% 13.9% -

- 42.2% 58 - 71.5% 61 - 19.6% 58

3,757 789 0.3% 27.8% 13.3% 19.7% -

4.0% 34.8% 97.4% 3.0% 17.2% 93.8% - 25.3% 72.5% 3.2% 70.4% 99.0%

861 77

-

4,467 2,691

-

7.7% 18.6% 53.1% -

716 218 - 36.3% 21.5% 16.8% -

233

125 -

-

16.7% 49.8% -

1,039 877

-

2.9% 10.6% 77.4% - 7.1% 2.3% 12.2% -

-

6.4% 59

61 Marcus High School

3,094 232 -

8.2% 3.8% 14.1% -

477 29 -

3.4% 74.6% 61

SOURCE: TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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of this group was made up of teachers on maternity leave, she said. “If stang issues arise as a result of teachers taking leave, the district works to secure highly qualied, cer- tied substitutes to fulll the role of the teacher during their absence,” Brim said in an email the day after classrooms reopened. “Currently,

the district has hired 128 permanent substitutes to work in our classrooms and fulll substitute needs on a daily basis.” But while the district had staed up on permanent substitutes assigned to each campus, the total number of substitute teachers on the district rotation was down at least 20% from a

up—a big gap from the 700-800 sub- stitutes that Superintendent Kevin Rogers told trustees the district sees in a typical year. Like educators in other school dis- tricts across the state, some Lewis- ville-area teachers had expressed concerns about the return to schools. Some of these concerns made their way up to the board of trustees. “One of the things we’ve heard from teachers is, ‘How am I going to get a sub? I have to worry about this; I have to worry about that,’” LISD trustee Tracy Scott Miller said. “And I think that one of our principals had a really good statement: ‘It’s our job to worry about the little things.’” Lewisville ISD has also bulked up its funding for instruction as it prepares for a school year that ocials expect could be lled with uncertain twists and turns. The district approved a budget for the 2020-21 school year that increases funding for its four main instructional spending categories by nearly 6.6% over last year’s budget. Among other things, these new costs include 2% raises for teachers and new technol- ogy and training for teachers to help navigate educating kids with a com- bination of remote and in-person learning during the pandemic. Many of these new costs are expected to be one-time expenses while the COVID-19 pandemic per- sists, Chief Financial Ocer Mark Youngs said. The district is expected to dip into its reserves this year to fund these costs. “[Lewisville ISD], along with every other school district in the state of Texas, is reinventing education, and it’s not cheap,” Youngs said. Although the raiseswere across the board for employees and were not

solely intended to help retain teachers during the pandemic, the hope is that they will nonetheless contribute to teacher retention, Brim said. “This raise demonstrated our com- mitment to our employees for their hard work and dedication to our stu- dents,” Brim said. “While we strive to provide a culture and mission that val- ues our employees and demonstrates our ability to retain our sta, the 2% board-approved raise also demon- strates that our employees matter and are valued.” The district started the school year remotely in August before reopen- ing campuses Sept. 8 for the students that chose in-person instruction. More than half of the district’s students, or 53%, opted for the in-person option earlier in the summer instead of a fully remote alternative. Lewisville ISD ocials are also pre- paring fallback plans they hope they never have to use. Among those are partial or full school closure contin- gencies as well as a hybrid option. The hybrid education model, which would reduce crowds in schools with- out losing classroom instruction alto- gether. Under the hybrid approach, students signed up for in-person learning could spend part of the time in classrooms and part of the time in remote learning. The other main option if the virus spreads too quickly would be a total shutdown of high school campuses and a full switch to remote learning, Rogers told trustees before the school year began. Teacher concerns Lewisville ISD is not the only Texas school district preparing for the possi- bility of stang issues amid the coro- navirus pandemic.

typical year, based on numbers provided by the district. In the weeks leading up to the ongoing school year, administrators heard concerns from classroom teachers about whether there would be enough substitutes to ll their roles when needed. By the rst week of in-person school, 558 substi- tutes were signed

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700-800 558 Lewisville ISD has increased pay for substitut e teachers as it braces for a potential shortage substitutes during the pandemic.

of willing

the number of substitutes available in a typical school year

the number of substitutes who were signed up in early August

$650,000

the level of new funding approved this year for substitute pay increases

This amounts to +$15 per day for certied substitute teachers.

Substitutes with a college degree will receive +$10 per day.

Cos󰇹 󰈢󰈆 󰇯n󰇷󰇺ru󰈛󰇺󰇮󰈣n 󰇶i󰈤󰇪s 󰈧󰇼󰈦in󰇫 󰇵󰇧n󰈧󰈥󰈩ic Lewisville ISD has approved 2% raises for its teachers and invested in new software and training for remote learning during the pandemic. The result is a signicant increase in instruction costs over the past two years.

Instruction leadership Instructional resources and media services Instruction

Curriculum and sta development

2018-19 actual expenses

$281,358,703

$11,157,143

$6,438,270

$2,260,659

2019-20 initial budget

$293,273,194

$11,003,797

$6,465,934

$2,414,835

2020-21 initial budget

$311,727,753

$11,877,813

$6,633,367

$3,478,499

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Paul Tapp, the managing attorney for the Association of Texas Profes- sional Educators, and Steven Poole, the executive director of United Edu- cators Association of Texas, each have 20 years of experience with their orga- nizations. They both said that this year has been unlike any other they’ve seen. “LEWISVILLE ISD, ALONG WITH EVERYOTHER SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE STATE OF TEXAS, IS REINVENTING EDUCATION, AND IT’S NOT CHEAP” MARK YOUNGS, LEWISVILLE ISD CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER “We absolutely have seen a dra- matic increase in teachers contacting us, telling us, ‘I just don’t feel safe,’” Tapp said. “‘I do not feel like I can put myself and my family at risk by going back into in-classroom teaching.’” More teachers are “heading for the door,” Poole said. The two organizations oer services for their members that span from dis- counts on travel to a legislative arm

that providesmemberswith legal assis- tance for employment-related issues. There are several options avail- able for educators who are concerned about teaching in person, Tapp said. They vary district by district, but in general, there are some options for leave as well as some that categorize specic health concerns that could fall under the Americans with Disabilities Act and allow that person to be eligible for an accommodation, he said. In addition to general safety con- cerns, there is a lot of uncertainty about what teachers will be asked to do this school year, Tapp said. With little guidance so far at the state level, teachers are having to pre- pare for “every single scenario,” Poole said. Leaving so much to the unknown is causing more stress among teachers than ever, Poole said. However, there are also plenty of teachers who are eager to go back to the classroom, Tapp said. “Just like there are citizens of Texas from one end of the spectrum to the other end of the spectrum, there are teachers from one end of the spectrum to the other spectrum,” he said.

One silver lining is that salaries are not being aected, Tapp and Poole said. School sta is not being reduced, and districts do seem to be working to help protect and preserve their teachers. Substitute teachers are also in demand more than ever, Poole said.

“There’s always been a demand for substitute teachers, and this is just going to heighten that demand,” he said.

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