LISD Board approves budget for 2020-2021

LISD Board approves $67.1M budget for 2020-2021
Posted on 06/22/2020
District News Release

DATE: June 22, 2020

LISD Board approves $67.1M budget for 2020-2021

Lockhart Independent School District’s Board of Trustees approved the 2020-2021 budget  totaling $67.1 million at its regular meeting Monday night.  

Included within the budget is an employee compensation package that provides a one-time payment equal to the amount of 1 percent of the median for teachers and 1 percent of the mid-point for all other LISD staff in the November 2020 payroll for all full-time and part-time LISD employees.

Also included in the employee compensation package is a new health insurance opportunity through the Texas Schools Health Benefit Program (TSHBP), offering greater savings and increased coverage compared to offerings through Teacher Retirement System Active Care.  The total savings for in-network out-of-pocket maximums would be $3,900 for individuals and $4,800 for families through the TSHBP rather than TRS. The total savings for in-network out-of-pocket maximums would be $4,650 for individuals and $5,800 for TSHBP Copay plan as compared with TRS Primary.  

The 2020-2021 budget adds nine new positions for pre-K instructional aides, investing in the strongest foundation possible for students as they embark on their educational journey.  The budget also provides the addition of five K - 3rd grade intervention teachers to increase support for student growth and achievement. Finally, the budget invests in students by providing all students from Kindergarten - 12th grade school supplies needed for the upcoming school year and a school district chrome book, making LISD a 1:1 district. These strategies address equity issues and aim to boost student and district resiliency. 

Additionally, the budget includes investments in teacher leadership with the addition of four new instructional leadership positions, called “Lever Leaders,” at Plum Creek Elementary, a pilot campus for the school district’s shared leadership model. The budget also boosts the bilingual stipend with an increase from $4,000 to $6,500 to help the school district to remain competitive in recruiting bilingual teachers, a growing need in Lockhart and across Texas. 

“This year, our budget planning was greatly overshadowed by the ongoing pandemic because of the impact of COVID-19 on the economy,” said Superintendent Mark Estrada. “The impact remains to be seen, and much will be revealed in the upcoming legislative session. However, for the purposes of planning, the district leadership team and our Board of Trustees were careful to anticipate potential state budget shortfalls in the future, resulting in an even more conservative approach in its development and approval while still meeting the needs of our students and staff.”

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