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School districts set budgets and tax rates for 2019-20

School districts set budgets and tax rates for 2019-20

School boards in the Highland Lakes have met and set their 2019-20 budgets and tax rates. The good news: The three public school districts managed to cut their tax rates compared to last year’s. Texas House Bill 3, which passed earlier this year, helped provide property tax relief. The state earmarked about $5 billion for […]

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Local school districts earn B’s in state accountability ratings

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON The three Highland Lakes public school districts scored B’s for overall performance in the latest Texas Education Agency accountability ratings.  Ratings are based on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exams, college/career/military readiness, and graduation rates from the 2018-19 school year. Districts and campuses earn letter grades from A […]

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Local school districts are ‘Superior’ in financial management

Local school districts are ‘Superior’ in financial management

According to the state of Texas, the three Highland Lakes school districts are doing a “superior” job at managing taxpayers’ money. The Texas Education Agency released the the preliminary school Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas ratings August 9, and the three area public school districts — Burnet, Llano, and Marble Falls — each earned […]

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Highland Lakes school districts offering summer meal programs

Highland Lakes school districts offering summer meal programs

FROM STAFF REPORTS While school’s out, kids can still get free meals through the local districts’ summer food program. Check each site for hours and dates as well as if it serves breakfast and lunch or lunch only. The meals are free to ages 18 and younger. (more…)

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Llano High School students Gauge Mills (left) and Elda Favela go over the steps when working with a patient. The school's health sciences program lets students explore a variety of health careers as well as study health-related topics. Ten of the 14 students gave up their Spring Break in March to complete the second week of the Certified Nursing Assistant course. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Llano High School health sciences program shot in the arm for students

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON When most of their classmates were enjoying the freedom of Spring Break, 10 Llano High School health sciences program students were spending several hours a day at Kingsland Hills Care Center and opening doors to a future career. (more…)

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TEA report cards are in for Highland Lakes school districts

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON AUSTIN — As the summer break wraps up, area schools got their “report card” from the Texas Education Agency with two Highland Lakes districts earning a C and one a B. (more…)

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Meet the Jackets and more at Llano High School on Aug. 7

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — As the first day of school quickly approaches for Llano students, Llano High School is gearing up with several events, including Meet the Jackets and Jacket RISE. (more…)

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BACK TO SCHOOL: Everything you need to know if your student attends LISD campuses

BACK TO SCHOOL: Everything you need to know if your student attends LISD campuses

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — As far as public schools go in the Highland Lakes, Llano Independent School District students head back to the class the earliest with a Wednesday, Aug. 15, start date. (more…)

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Recent Llano High School graduate Ben Walling (center) signs a National Letter of Intent to join the rodeo team at Cisco College in West Texas. Congratulating Walling at his signing ceremony are Llano High School agriculture teachers Joe Dan Tarter (left), Chapel Schuessler, and parents Walling's parents, Wade and Linda Walling. Courtesy photo

Llano graduate and roper Ben Walling to compete for Cisco College rodeo team

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO LLANO — Recent Llano High School graduate Ben Walling began learning to rope when he was only 4 years old under the tutelage of his father. Now, his roping skills will help Walling learn a whole lot more. (more…)

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Messy Llano High School senior ‘prank’ results in broken equipment, students disciplined

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — Several Llano High School seniors face disciplinary action after they were involved in an after-hours “prank” at the campus that included damaging equipment and moving around furniture, according to a statement by Llano Independent School District administrators. (more…)

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Llano’s Crossroads High School for former students, those on verge of dropping out

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON LLANO — In the moment a student decides to drop out of high school, it might seem like the right decision despite advice from teachers, educators, and parents. With time, however, the former student could look back and wonder what would their life would be like today if they only earned their […]

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Llano County judge-elect, Llano ISD incumbent faces resignation if he wins board election

Llano County judge-elect, Llano ISD incumbent faces resignation if he wins board election

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — Should he win back his Llano school board incumbency in an upcoming race, a newly elected Llano County judge would have to resign from the board due to state law, officials said. With no opposing party challenger in the general election, Llano County Judge-elect Ron Cunningham, a Republican, is […]

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Llano County Library holding Pre-K Fair for parents; several schools participating

Llano County Library holding Pre-K Fair for parents; several schools participating

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO LLANO — Ann Rossberg heard the chatter from many parents of pre-kindergarten students. “They aren’t familiar with what (education) options they have,” said the Llano County Library children’s librarian. (more…)

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Company pens deal with Llano County for solar power research

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO COUNTY — An agreement between the Llano County Commissioners Court and an international solar development company could result in considerable dividends for the Llano Independent School District, officials said. (more…)

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Llano High School was one of three Llano Independent School District campuses locked down after a possible 'armed threat' report came into to law enforcement. It turned out to be a false alarm. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Man securing firearms in vehicle triggers Llano school lockdown

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — A man securing firearms in a vehicle Nov. 27 launched temporary lockdown protocols at three Llano Independent School District campuses, officials said. The so-called “soft lockdown” or “lockout” was implemented around 9:15 a.m. and lifted about 15 minutes later, according to LISD Superintendent Mac Edwards. (more…)

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Llano High School’s new turf-covered multipurpose facility gets first ‘workout’

Llano High School’s new turf-covered multipurpose facility gets first ‘workout’

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO LLANO — Llano High School athletes now have an edge on their opponents: the school’s new multipurpose building. The Yellow Jackets football team had their first official practice in the artificial turf-covered facility Nov. 2. (more…)

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Llano County commissioners consider solar farm deal for school revenue

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — Llano County commissioners proposed leasing several thousand acres of property in West Texas to a renewable energy company to launch a solar power farm, creating a potential revenue stream for local education. (more…)

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Highland Lakes schools receive passing TEA grades

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Highland Lakes districts and campuses earned passing grades through the Texas Education Agency’s accountability rating system. The TEA released the ratings Aug. 16. The system gauges districts and campuses on four standards: student achievement; student progress; closing performance gaps; and postsecondary readiness. A district or campus can earn either […]

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Is your child attending Llano ISD? What you need to know

LLANO — Llano Independent School District classes start early this year: Wednesday, Aug. 16. With only a few days left between now and that first day, Yellow Jackets of all ages and their parents still have a few things left on their back-to-school to-do list. (more…)

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Llano Elementary School students are participating in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program sponsored by the NFL and several other organizations.

Fuel Up to Play 60 and get active with Llano Elementary

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — A big issue facing our children today is lack of physical activity. It’s often easier to put a screen in front of a kid to keep them busy rather than take them to a park or on a bike ride. (more…)

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Llano Independent School District Superintendent Casey Callahan has accepted a position with Region 15 Education Service Center in San Angelo. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

Llano ISD superintendent leaving for state education job

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER LLANO —  Llano Independent School District Superintendent Casey Callahan has resigned to take a position as the executive director of the Region 15 Education Service Center, based in San Angelo. (more…)

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As Highland Lakes schools open, watch for traffic and students

As Highland Lakes schools open, watch for traffic and students

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The summer break officially ends for many students Aug. 22, though some have until Aug. 23, but school and law enforcement officials caution all drivers to pay attention to the increase in traffic. Marble Falls and Llano students head back to class Aug. 22, while Burnet students return Aug. […]

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Llano library grant provides summer books for students

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER LLANO — Just when Llano Elementary School students thought they’d gotten away from cracking open a book, the Llano County Library arrived with several books on the last day of class so the youngsters could take them home to read. (more…)

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Llano teacher charged with improper relationship with student

Llano teacher charged with improper relationship with student

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Llano authorities have charged a 28-year-old Llano High School teacher with having an improper relationship with a student. (more…)

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Llano elections forum to feature school and city candidates

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO  —  Candidates vying for school and city positions will talk about issues in the Llano community and introduce themselves to the public during an upcoming forum. The event on April 7 will start with a meet-and-greet at 5:30 p.m. followed by a meal at 6 p.m. with the forum at 7 […]

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Llano band understands legacy leads to its future

Llano band understands legacy leads to its future

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR LLANO — There are 38 trophies lining the Llano High School band hall, each acknowledging the band’s continuous level of excellence over the past four decades. The band earned the unbroken string of trophies by garnering a “first division” rating the past 38 years in University Interscholastic League marching contests. (more…)

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