Laredo Independent School District
Laredo Independent School District is a public school district based in Laredo in Webb County, Texas (USA). The district serves the south central portion of Laredo. In 2009, LISD was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.
In September 2014, superintendent A. Marcus Nelson (born 1972), a native of San Antonio and a 1994 graduate of Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, was named "Superintendent of the Year" by the Texas Association of School Administrators and the Texas Association of School Boards at the annual convention of the two groups held in Dallas. Nelson, who took the Laredo position in August 2009, beat out four other contenders for the recognition. With a salary of $206,000 annually, Nelson's contract expires in August 2020. He is the ninth highest paid superintendent in his Region 1 Education Service Center.
Twelve LISD schools in 2014 fell short of minimum state standards and have been placed on the Public Education Grant list. These institutions include Martin High School, J. W. Nixon High School, and Cigarroa High School, as well as several middle and elementary schools. Five schools in the United Independent School District, also located in Webb County, fell short in standards, including Lyndon B. Johnson High School.
In July 2013, LISD trustee Rick Garza proposed the return of corporal punishment into the code of student conduct. "I hear time and time again that the teachers are losing control of their classroom," Garza said. Garza said current disciplinary methods are too lenient, exhaust district resources, and fail to control rowdy students. Superintendent Nelson said that paddling could be reinstituted by the board but would require parental consent and could not be used until a third offense. Nelson said the district will poll teachers anonymously to see if they support the return of the paddle. "We live in a litigious society ... They [parents] are looking for reasons to file litigation ...," Nelson added.
On November 5, 2013, district voters in a low-turnout election handily approved a $47.17 million school bond issue to refinance previously issued revenue bonds. The tabulation was 1,944 (73.1%) in support to 716 (26.9%) in opposition.
High Schools (Grades 9–12)
Middle Schools (Grades 6–8)
- Christen Middle School
- Cigarroa Middle School
- Lamar Middle School
- Memorial Middle School (Laredo, Texas)
Elementary Schools (Grades PK–5)
- Bruni Elementary School — Principal Lucy Flores
- Buenos Aires Elementary School
- Daiches Elementary School
- Dovalina Elementary School — The school is named for Anita Trevino Dovalina, the late mother of the former Laredo Community College President Ramon H. Dovalina.
- Farias Elementary School
- Hachar Elementary School
- Heights Elementary School
- Kawas Elementary School
- Leyendecker Elementary School
- Ligarde Elementary School
- MacDonell Elementary School
- Martin Elementary School
- Milton Elementary School
- Pierce Elementary School
- Ryan Elementary School
- Sanchez-Ochoa Elementary School
- Santa Maria Elementary School
- Santa Nino Elementary School
- Tarver Elementary School
- Zachry Elementary School
- Dr. Dennis D. Cantu Health Science Magnet School
- LISD Magnet for Engineering and Technology Education
- Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts
- "2009 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency.
- Judith Rayo, "LISD chief honored at state education convention", Laredo Morning Times, September 27, 2014, p. 1
- "ACU Alumnus Marcus Nelson". alumniassociation.acu.edu. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
- Judith Rayo, "Nelson gets a raise: Superintendent's contract extended", Laredo Morning Times, January 14, 2015, p. 1
- Judith Rayo, "17 schools fall short", Laredo Morning Times, January 15, 2015, p. 1
- JJ Velasquez, "Trustee wants paddle usage: Rick Garza eyes paddling as a discipline method", Laredo Morning Times, July 22, 2013, pp. 1, 12A
- "LISD, UISD school bonds pass as final voting results are released". Laredo Morning Times. Retrieved November 6, 2013.