LISD Board of Trustees Candidate Forums

Each year the LISD Council of PTAs hosts a public event for in order to get to know the candidates. This year there are two LISD Board of Trustee seats open, places 1 & 2.

Event: Tuesday, April 21, 2014, 6:30-8:00pm
Location: Bolin Center (1565 W.  Main St., Lewisville)

Event: Tuesday, April 28, 2014, 6:30-8:00pm
Location: LISD Career Center East (2553 FM 544, Lewisville)

Place 1
    Kathy Duke
    Mary Smith
    Kronda Thimesch

Place 2
    Roger Myers
    Trisha Sheffield

We need you! Send your candidate question to Legislative Rep Jenny Proznik.

Ideas to get you going - but what's important to you and your family?

Vendor: Zoes Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8 this year!

Zoes has a special offer: with $150 is catering (order by May 3) get free Yaya’s chocolate cake. See the flyer for complete details.

 

LISD Vendor ProgramThe LISD Council of PTAs works with the district to develop a list of vendors for use by LISD schools and PTAs. This vendor is a part of the process.

New Date for Rally Day!

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Spring Officer and Chair Training

When: Saturday, May 2, 2015

Where: Lewisville High School

Registration and Welcome Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Session I: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

  • Basics Training: President & Vice President
  • Basics Training: Treasurer
  • Basics Training: Secretary
  • Basics Training: Parliamentarian – includes updating bylaws

Session II: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Engage & Energize your Volunteers! | Volunteer / Membership
  • Parents as Agents of Change! | Advocacy / Legislative
  • Connecting with your Community | Communication
  • Why Money and keeping up with it Matters! | Budget Basics

Session III: 12:30 – 2:30

FLO Training: Foundations Leadership Orientation: COST $8
Foundations Leadership Orientation (FLO) is required by Texas PTA for all board members that have not already completed this training.

Spring Vendor Fair

Action: Oppose Vouchers Today

Vouchers Bills To Be Voted On In Senate Education Committee Tuesday, April 7

Write Your Senator or Call Your Senator

and Oppose Senate Bills 4, 276 and 642

BACKGROUND: Voucher bills have been debated in Texas since the mid ’90s. Texas PTA supports educational choices within public schools, while opposing voucher systems, tuition credits, and taxpayer savings grants for nonpublic school tuition and other education-related expenses.

Voucher programs use public money to fund private schools that are not accountable to taxpayers, nor are they required to teach the state’s curriculum or participate in the state’s assessment program.

School choice already exists in Texas, with transfers from one public school to another, magnet schools, and charter schools. Texas PTA supports expansion of public school choice.

SB 4 by Sen. Larry Taylor – would create Education Tuition Grants administered by TEA Commissioner. Grants are awarded to be used to pay the costs of attending private school. Grants will pay tuition costs at private school in an amount that is the lesser of tuition paid or 75% of state ADA per student. A participating private school could not be required to comply with any state law or rule regarding the school’s educational program. A taxable entity could apply for a franchise tax credit for money contributed.

SB 276 by Campbell – creates a “taxpayer savings grant program” that would reimburse a parent or legal guardian for all or part of the cost of private school tuition for their student. 60% of state ADA per student is granted. Businesses contributing to the program receive a tax credit.

SB 642 by Bettencourt – would allow a business to receive a tax credit for contributions to that would be used to partially fund the cost of private school tuition for eligible students. The bill would establish a maximum scholarship amount an organization could award a student using money contributed by an entity that receives a tax credit in return.

We urge you to write your senator or call you senator to oppose these bills that would take needed taxpayer dollars away from public schools and send them to private schools that are unaccountable to the state.

Founder’s Day 2015

On February 26th, we hosted our annual Founder’s Day dinner and it was a huge success! Many thanks to our chair, Laurie Williams, for organizing. We decided to forego the traditional speaker and continue with our goal to showcase district talent. Our entertainment was an FMHS percussion ensemble directed by Darrin Hicks, the LHS Show Choir directed by M. Whitney Wilson, and the MHS Show Choir directed by Wesley Davis. They were all amazing. There is definitely a great source of talent in our district. Many thanks to them for taking the time to perform for us. Council honored Shaunna McNatt, whom our board lost in July, with a National PTA Achievement Award. We also honored Juana Duncan with a Lifetime Membership. Juana works at the front desk at the Student Services Buiding, otherwise known as the SSAB, where we have most of our regular meetings. She has been a huge help and supporter of PTA. We couldn’t do it without her! The next time you are at the SSAB, be sure to thank her for all that she does.

 

The Honored LISD PTA Members page has been updated with the 2015 recipients!

Register to Vote Today!

Are you registered to vote?

You can find out if you’re already registered

or fill out your application here:

http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/reqvr.shtml

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Elections Only Weeks Away!

Every Year the Dallas Morning News sends out a questionnaire to all of those who have filed for office. If you follow the link you can compare candidates side by side. You can hear the candidates in person at the PTA Forums on April 21st at Bolin and April 28th at the Career Center East.

Click below to see information on this year’s slate of candidates!

http://c3.thevoterguide.org/v/dallas15/race-index.do

2015-16 Board

Congratulations to the 2015-16 LISD Council of PTAs Board!

President – Katherine Sells
1st VP of Programs – Chonnie Richey
2nd VP of Membership – Wendy Hider
3rd VP of Budget and Finance – Todd DeDecker
4th VP of Leadership Development – Monika Brink
Treasurer – Melanie Leaumont
Secretary – Erica Wilson