By BRAD LANCASTER
Dear Lake Travis school district parents, guardians and community:
On Monday, more than 7,500 students pre-kindergarten through 12th grade will walk through the front doors of our schools to begin the 2012-13 school year.
The start of a new school year is an exciting time because of the energy our students, staff, parents and community members bring to it – and all the possibilities that working together provides.
We’ve had a busy summer preparing for the new school year, both inside and outside the classroom. Many of our administrators and teachers spent time engaged in staff development; our maintenance, operations and custodial staff prepped our classrooms and facilities; and our technology team performed necessary upgrades to our digital infrastructure that will keep our teachers and students connected in their e-learning environments. Of course, these are but a few of the many preparations that took place across our district during the last three months.
Additionally, the Hudson Bend Middle School expansion project – the first of several capital improvements that comprise our most recent bond program, broke ground this summer.
We anticipate construction of new Elementary School No. 6, and the new Lake Travis Middle School to begin in early 2013. Once the new middle school is complete, we will begin the expansion of Lake Travis High School into the current Lake Travis Middle School facility. These projects will allow us to accommodate the continued increase in student enrollment.
As you may already know, our main stadium at Lake Travis High School received some attention this summer including new field drainage, the installation of artificial turf, a new and larger press box, a new sound system and a new scoreboard, all of which have been funded through interest earnings related to our 2006 bond program.
Other investments include the installation of new scoreboards at the Lake Travis High School upper track stadium, the baseball field and the softball field; the replacement of lighting at our baseball field; and the replacement of freshman lockers at the Cavalier Activity Center. These improvements will serve our students and spectators for years to come.
Perhaps the best news we received this summer came courtesy of the University Interscholastic League, better known as the UIL. In July, Lake Travis High School officially earned the UIL Lone Star Cup for team performance in district and state championships during the 2011-12 school year. This unique accolade demonstrates success in our programs, but more importantly, it is representative of the healthy balance that exists between academics, fine arts and athletics at Lake Travis High School. This award cannot be won by any one program. Rather, it is a collective achievement to be shared by our students, teachers, staff and the Lake Travis community.
On behalf of our board of trustees and the entire Lake Travis school district family, please know that we will work hard to carry this momentum forward into the new school year.
Our administrators, teachers and support staff will do everything possible to ensure each student’s academic and extracurricular success. Our exemplary school district excels above many others because our parents, teachers, staff and community do a remarkable job of supporting our students and setting high expectations for all.
All the best as we begin a new school year!
Brad Lancaster is the Lake Travis school district superintendent.
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