In a regularly scheduled meeting of the Lampasas ISD Trustees last night, a special hearing took place which put one more roadblock in front of the move to detach 348 acres of the Lampasas ISD District and allow Copperas Cove ISD to take over that part of the area.
Basically, the Lampasas ISD had already refused the detachment/annexation and the Bellpas, Inc. developing company had failed to appeal a dismissal of their grievance in a timely manner. Bellpas’ Austin attorney, William Bednar, was on hand, as was a director of Bellpas, Mike Atkinson. They sought to appeal the denial of their untimely grievance and Bednar basically asked the Trustees to do something, one way or the other, so they could get on with their petitions. Lampasas ISD’s attorney then spoke, asking the Trustees to dismiss Belpas’ appeal, noting that if it were a student asking for a baseless appeal for tardiness, it would likely be denied – it is only right in this case as well, he said.
The Trustees, after a brief closed session, did exactly that, dismissing the appeal and going on to other business. Now, the LISD will await Bellpas’ next move – or not.
Early on in the meeting the Trustee Board reorganized itself in the usual, annual way, electing a new President, Vice President and Secretary. Unanimous elections put Sam Walker into the Board President’s seat, Bill Brister into the Vice President’s seat and Kirk Whitehead will remain the Board Secretary.
In other business several resignations and approvals were noted, including the hire of a new High School Principal, Robert White. He will be coming from the same position in the McGregor High School, where he has served as Principal for five years and had been Assistant Principal for three years prior. He has a Masters in Educational Administration and had spent 17 years of his 27 in education being a teacher and a head basketball coach.
Also coming to the Lampasas ISD, as a teacher, will be Shelley White, Robert’s wife of 26 years. Shelley has most recently served as the elementary music teacher and high school choir director at McGregor. The couple have three children, including Courtney, a recent graduate of Duke University who is a biomedical engineer in Durham, NC, Jaret, a senior at Duke University majoring in neuroscience, and Addison, who will be a junior at Lampasas High. Addison has beenactive in cross country, track drumline, UIL academics, student council and more.
The Whites say they are excited about being a part of the Lampasas community and school system and hope to contribute to its continued success.
It has come to our attention that:
In the annual Children at Risk study of Texas schools, Lampasas has been given an ‘A’ by the state analysis. Lampasas placed 147th in the Children at Risk category – not bad when you consider there were 1,376 schools graded in Texas. A look at the study also shows that many, if not most of the schools in the 146 that rate higher than Lampasas, are actually magnet or college prep schools.
Good show, Lampasas ISD!