Lovelady ISD Pleased With TEA Accountability Rating

By Kelly McChesney

The Lovelady Independent School District Board of Trustees Meeting was held on Monday, Sept. 15 at the LISD High School Library.

Lovelady High School and Junior High School Principal Robin Stowe reported the school met standards in the Texas Education Agency Accountability rating.

The campus also earned the distinction designation in the closing performance gaps index. In this index, Lovelady JHHS ranked ninth out of 40 schools of similar size.
"I'm very proud of our distinction," she said.

Attendance has improved for the first three weeks of this school year. Enrollment is 230 high school students and 282 elementary school students, according to Stowe.

Lovelady Elementary/Middle School also did very well.

"We had three distinctions. We were also compared with 40 schools, and in the closing performance gap index, we ranked third," said Elementary School Principal Deborah Harrelson. "I was proud of our campus," she said.

Harrelson reported the largest class size is 19 students, in Pre-K and Kindergarten.
Harrelson also said, "We are doing a sensory study working with students with Sensory Processing Disorder. There will be a control group and an experimental group."

All students participating in each group will have parental permission to participate. No names will be used nor distinguishing information. There will be recommendations for each student.

"Children do not always have a diagnosis of Sensory Processing Disorder," said Harrelson. "I think this is a great opportunity for our school."

In other business, the trustees voted to accept the bid of $4,200 on a 12.454 acre landlocked piece of property noting that the district would receive $2563 and it would be put back on the tax roll. A bid on two acres was rejected.

Kindergarten teacher Jodi Carney addressed the board concerning the policy requiring teachers to pay for substitute teachers. "I was really surprised when I came into the district. We have to pay our own subs if we are absent for any reason. We have to pay $55 out of our paychecks. That $55 is a lot for a teacher," She said. "Everybody who teaches in this district is invested in this community. This is one of the best school districts around. But we also take a big pay cut to teach in Lovelady."

The board reviewed SBOE Policy Update 100 which included district campus improvement plans, teaching and working conditions, and insurance requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
"We exceed insurance requirements," said Lovelady ISD Superintendent Dr. Micah Dyer.
The local policies spelled out legal ramifications of the Concealed Handgun Act.

The Board voted to accept bids for the design/ build of a new seamless roof over a portion of the high school.

Wednesday, Sept. 17, was the scheduled Kunos launch at the high School, and Thursday, Sept. 18, the Kunos will launch at the elementary school.

The Kuno - the name combines K (for K-12) and the Spanish number for one, 'Uno', to signify one-to-one student:tablet - is a rugged mobile tablet with e-books and teaching materials. Other districts already are teaching with the Kuno tablets. Dyer believes there will not be too many problems launching the Kunos.

"We learned from other districts' mistakes," Dyer said. "We are pushing our kids into the 21st Century and beyond," he said.