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TEA Publishes Accountability Ratings for LISD, Local Schools

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by Runfellow on 2015/8/7 21:30:00 (3227 reads)

By Brandon Cooper

Open in new windowThe Texas Education Agency (TEA) has published its 2015 final accountability ratings for each school and district in the state, including Lewisville ISD and charter schools in the area.

A complete list of all LISD campus ratings can be viewed here. Three schools in the district did not meet standards, rating as "Improvement Required": Central Elementary, Lakeland Elementary, and Lewisville Elementary. All three schools are located in Lewisville. Last year, Central and Lewisville Elementary schools received the "improvement required" label; however, Parkway Elementary, Hedrick Elementary, College Street Elementary, and the Lillie J Jackson Early Childhood Center all met standards in 2015 after not doing so in 2014.

Regarding charter schools in the area, most schools met standards. Texas College Preparatory Academies, which operates Founders and Quest charter schools in the area, had most of its campuses meeting standards. The Education Center in Lewisville, however, did not. Winfree Academy, a charter school that has drawn negative attention from the TEA in the past, met "alternative" standards, typically reserved for schools with special circumstances or populations.

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Updated: Flower Mound HS Student Photographer Forced to Take Down Website

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/7/7 3:00:00 (10458 reads)

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(Please see the bottom of this story for updates)

A sophomore honors student at Flower Mound High School who posted online some of the photos he took as part of his yearbook class, has been forced by school administrators to take down the photos. Anthony Mazur, 16, is on his school’s yearbook staff, and over the past year has been learning about photography- focusing mostly on sports photography. Mazur posted his best photos on Flickr, and had even been successful at selling a few of them to the parents of his subjects, until school administrators threatened him with in-school suspension or loss of privileges unless he removed them all.

Mazur said he and his yearbook class had gone to a journalism convention in San Antonio back in October, and at that convention, one of the speakers was a teacher from Argyle High School, who told them of a student who was selling their work. Inspired by the possibility, Mazur asked the speaker about the copyright issues, and the teacher explained to him that as the photographer, he owned the pictures he took, and was entitled to the rights. Lewisville ISD’s own policy (CY Local) states explicitly that “A student shall retain all rights to work created as part of instruction or using District technology resources.”

So, Mazur went about his business, taking photos at various district events, all of which were open to the general public. He took many impressive photos using his school-issued school-issued digital camera, and began posting them on his Flickr account. Mazur says the students on the teams he photographed were enthusiastic about his work, and shared the link to his site with one another.

Back in March, Mazur says he was called into FMHS Assistant Principal Jeffrey Brown’s office, where he saw that Brown had his website pulled up on a computer there. He said that Brown was angry at him, and told him that posting the pictures online was illegal, and violated copyright. According to Mazur, Brown also worked the angle (contrary to the policy listed above) that the camera belonged to the district. When Mazur argued that the copyright belonged to him, he says that Brown changed his tune and said that it violated student privacy. Brown allegedly told Mazur at the time that a parent had complained.

Mazur alleged that Brown told him in a coercive tone “I’m just asking you to take the website down, I’m not asking you to return any money.” Mazur said he assumed Brown meant the school, with regards to returning money. Mazur said Brown told him that he “wouldn’t report [Mazur] to the IRS” over the money he earned from selling the photos. Brown told Mazur that he was issuing an “administrative directive” to take the photos down. At this point, Mazur said he requested that his parent be brought into the discussion.

Mazur’s parents, Len and Mary Jo Mazur went to the school the next day, and met with FMHS Principal Sonya Lail, who they said told them that it was a student who complained about the photos, and that they supposedly violated the federal privacy rights of the students, as outlined in FERPA, the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act. That law restricts the information that schools and school employees can disclose, but is not targeted at students.

After the meeting, the Mazurs said they received a written administrative directive ordering him to take the pictures down. Len Mazur said the reasoning listed on the directive was not related to privacy concerns, but “because he posted with the intention to profit”. The Mazur’s would not say how much money, even in general terms, that Anthony had earned from selling his photos. But Anthony said that his customers were all parents of the students in the photos, buying the digital photo for their own use. “It doesn’t matter whether he sold one or a million pictures,” said Len Mazur, who insisted that it was the principle of applying the law correctly that was important.

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Lewisville High School Names Skeldon New Girls Basketball Head Coach

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/30 3:31:09 (2472 reads)

Open in new windowLewisville High School announced on Wednesday, April 29 that Sally Skeldon will be its new women’s basketball head coach. Skeldon comes to LHS after two years as an assistant at Class 6A Colleyville Heritage High School, where she helped fuel a combined 40 wins and a pair of playoff berths.

It will be the first varsity head coach job for Skeldon, who was a standout basketball player at nearby Euless Trinity High School and NCAA Division I Mercer University (Ga.). She also made an assistant coach stop at Nolan Catholic High School for two seasons and was the head coach at Grapevine Middle School for three years, which included a perfect season and 31-1 stretch.

“I believe the Lewisville High School girls basketball program has a tremendous opportunity to be respected and recognized,” Skeldon said. “I am excited to be chosen as the leader in this endeavor. I believe we have girls that will learn how to work hard individually and come together to achieve success as a team. I cannot wait to be on campus and see what we can do together.”

Skeldon’s official first day with LHS will be Aug. 14, however, she will meet with the players on Wednesday afternoon before a “Meet The Coach” gathering with parents in the evening. Skeldon takes over a Lady Farmers program that was led for the last 11 years by Charlotte Jones, who resigned after the season.

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LISD Board Taps Rogers for Superintendent Post

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/28 3:00:00 (2437 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowIn a special session Monday night, the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees unanimously selected and announced their lone finalist in the search for a permanent superintendent for the district: Dr. Kevin Rogers. Rogers was the district's Chief Operating Officer before becoming the Interim Superintendent when Dr. Stephen Waddell retired on January 31st.

Under state law, the board must announce final candidates 21 days prior to approving a final contract for the new superintendent. The board would approve his contract on May 18th, with him taking the official title on the 19th.

The LISD Board conducted a national search, drawing 99 applicants from 30 states, but selected Dr. Rogers in the end due to his leadership in bringing new ideas, but also due to his focus on seeking input from stakeholders and making sure they have a voice in the process of change.

“Our Board was impressed with the high caliber of talent and expertise of candidates who applied for this position, LISD Board of Trustees President Trisha Sheffield said. “Out of our applicant pool, the Board believes Dr. Rogers is the best candidate to serve LISD. His leadership in bringing forward new ideas, seeking input from all stakeholders to ensure they have a voice in the implementation process and focusing on student achievement for all learners was paramount.

Rogers is a strong supporter of Lewisville ISD's Strategic Design process, and intends to keep moving forward with it. Rogers credited the superintendents before him - Dr. Clayton Downing, Dr. Jerry Roy, and Dr. Steve Waddell for always working for the students, and said he had learned a lot from them. Rogers said that Waddell was a visionary leader.

Dr. Rogers is 55 years old, and has worked 29 years in education, all of them at LISD schools. He joined LISD in 1986 as a middle school science teacher and moved through the ranks as Assistant Principal and Principal prior to serving the district in a Central Office position. Rogers was an Assistant Principal at Marcus High School and then Principal at Arbor Creek Middle School prior to becoming the Marcus High School Principal, where he served for 15 years.

Rogers earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas (UNT), master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University and doctorate degree from UNT.

He has served as an adjunct professor for UNT for the past four years, though he put that role on hiatus this spring due to his new position. Currently, he serves as Board Chair for PediPlace, a non-profit healthcare facility for children. His wife Bridget and son, Shane, both work for LISD. His youngest son, Matt, lives in Colorado.

We do have more information to update this story, but we wanted to get the news out quickly tonight. Check back later for updates.

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Lewisville ISD Closed Thursday

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/3/5 5:00:00 (1123 reads)

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Lewisville ISD (LISD) will be closed Thursday, March 5 due to inclement weather, and all LISD activities – including Elementary Open House – scheduled for Thursday have been cancelled. LISD worked in conjunction with area superintendents and the National Weather Service to make this decision.

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