Lake Travis - Westlake Edition | June 2021

EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Lake Travis, Eanes & Leander ISDs

Lake Travis ISD projects 10-year enrollment, area campus capacity

BY AMY RAE DADAMO

Lake Travis and Eanes ISDs liftmask requirements rst-time homebuyers and already have multiple children. This continued development and associated inux of families will likely require the construction of new campuses, PASA demographer Stacy Tepera said. The construction of Provence is expected to aect enrollment at Bee Cave Elementary School, which could hit 1,500 students by 2030. Rough Hol- low and West Cypress Hills elemen- tary schools follow close behind with 1,200 each, according to Tepera. Those elementary campuses have a capacity of roughly 850 students, and according to PASA’s estimations, could hit their maximum capacity threshold in fall 2023. With three middle schools, PASA projects LTISD can accommodate its growth for the next 10 years. However, Lake Travis High School could reach its maximum student capacity in 2028.

rate for those students, most of whom were within the elementary school level. When combined with traditional yearly growth, total enrollment for the 2021-22 school year could reach 11,640 students—an increase of about 600 students. Moving forward, much of LTISD’s growth will be determined by the subdivisions under development within the region. Silhavy said three developments— Rough Hollow, Sweetwater and Provence—will be among the district’s largest enrollment contributors. Both Rough Hollow and Sweetwater should be built out within the next ve years, he said. After that point, PASA estimates that Provence, which is under construction o Hamilton Pool Road, will supply the largest number of new students. He said these developments are not considered “starter homes,” meaning most new tenants are not

Accelerating E N R O L L M E N T Based on enrollment from fall 2015 to fall 2020, Lake Travis ISD is among the fastest growing school districts in the region. Families with children are expected to continue moving to the area.

LAKE TRAVIS ISD In the last ve years, Lake Travis ISD has gained 1,763 students, which makes the district one of the fastest growing in the region. To learn more about this trend, LTISD trustees reviewed the 2021 demographer’s report during a May 19 meeting. The report was conducted by Population and Survey Analysts, a demographic rm that works with Texas school districts. The data provides an estimation of enrollment growth over the next 10 years. Enrollment for the upcoming 2021- 22 school year is still unpredictable as ISDs begin to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to demographer Justin Silhavy. LTISD lost 84 students in the 2020-21 school year, which Silhavy said is on par with regional trends. PASA forecasts a rough 75% return

LEANDER ISD: 3,197

LIBERTY HILL ISD: 2,057

HUTTO ISD: 1,894

LAKE TRAVIS ISD: 1,763

HAYS CISD: 1,668

DRIPPING SPRINGS ISD: 1,664

SOURCE: TEXAS EDUCATION AGNECY COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Leander ISD considers $1.5 billion bond election tomeet rising enrollment needs

Students at EISD remained masked through the nal day of classes. Trustees unanimously voted May 11 to make face cover- ings optional by June 1. As a result, the requirement is lifted during summer school classes, camps, board of trustee meetings and other activities. The decision follows an exec- utive order from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott that prohibits ISDs and other government organizations from implementing mask orders after June 4. “... ITWOULDBE REALLYNICE TOGIVE THESE KIDS JUST A LITTLE NORMALCY. ...” JESSICA PUTONTI, LAKE TRAVIS ISD TRUSTEE

BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN

bond for projects such as school construction and improvement. That bond program included school construction of Larkspur Elementary School, Tarvin Elementary School, Elementary School No. 29 and Danielson Middle School. Of the 26 total projects in the bond, 14 are completed, according to a May update. Other projects include land purchases that are not under contract or projects that are in progress, in design or not yet started. BUILDING A BOND Leander ISD is considering a bond election in November, and recommended projects that total $1.5 billion . They include: • construction of ve elementary schools; • construction of one middle school; • New Hope High School building; • many school renovations and improvements; and • other school, services and technology projects.

BY AMY RAE DADAMO

LEANDER ISD With the possible addition of about 10,000-16,000 more students in the next 10 years and as many as 8,000 additional students by 2026, Leander ISD is con- sidering a November bond election. To meet growth, the school district may need construction, technology, renovation and capital projects over the next several years that total $1.5 billion, according to LISD. The bond election could be called as early as November. The deadline to call a November election is Aug. 16. Projects are organized into tiers based on need as critical, important or supplemental. According to the district, Tier 1 projects cost between $863.3 million and $926 million depending on the number of years’ worth of projects. Projects could span three, four or ve years, according to district documents and bring as many as ve new elementary schools and one new middle school. In 2017, LISD voters approved a $454.4 million

EANES AND LAKE TRAVIS ISDS Face coverings for students, sta and visitors are now optional at Eanes and Lake Travis ISDs—a requirement that was in eect since in-person classes recon- vened last fall. The LTISD board of trustees voted to lift the indoor mask requirement as of May 24, permit- ting students and sta to be mask free for the nal week of school. The decision passed 5-2 with trustees Lauren White and Phillip Davis opposed. Trustee Jessica Putonti said she has spent the last few days speaking with teachers, many of which expressed a desire to be mask free for the last week of the school year. “I understand that we’ve come so far, and it’s hard to institute that change now, but I feel like it would be really nice to give these kids just a little normalcy in their last week,” she said.

Facemasks at area school districts are now optional. (Amy Rae Dadamo/ Community Impact Newspaper)

SOURCE: LEANDER ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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