Email Express
June 7, 2019
The Lovejoy Independent School District
 
Welcome to Lovejoy ISD where Kids Come First.
 
Each day we are focused on doing our Best Today. Better Tomorrow .
 
We are One Heart. One Lovejoy.
News from Interim Superintendent
Dr. Dennis Womack

Dear Lovejoy Community:
 
The last week has been full of celebrations, from the last day of school, to the graduation of the Class of 2019, to the naming of the lone finalist for our next superintendent. We are Lovejoy proud!
 
On Monday, June 4, the Lovejoy ISD Board of Trustees named Dr. Michael Goddard as the lone finalist for the Superintendent of Lovejoy ISD. Dr. Goddard served as the first principal of Lovejoy High School and most recently served as the Superintendent of Red Oak ISD. The State of Texas requires a 21-day waiting period, after which the Lovejoy Board of Trustees are expected to offer Dr. Goddard a contract for employment at the June 26 board meeting. We hope you and your family will join us for this meeting at 7:30 PM in the Lovejoy Elementary School gym as we welcome Dr. Goddard home. You may click here for additional information.
 


Please enjoy the following graduation photos. Photo credit and special thanks to The Red Ledger photographer, Shae Daugherty
School Finance
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and other entities (Texas Association of School Boards, Texas Association of School Administrators, etc.) are diligently working to interpret, define, and quantify HB3 and the impact on districts throughout the State of Texas. Here is what we know for Lovejoy ISD:
 
  1. Property Tax Relief – Your Lovejoy ISD Maintenance and Operations (M&O) property tax will decrease from $1.17 to $1.06 per $100 of valuation.
  2. Local Revenue Cap – The State is capping Lovejoy ISD’s revenue growth from property values at 2.5%. Meaning when your property values increase by 2.5% or more Lovejoy ISD must compress the M&O tax rate so that local revenue does not grow by more than 2.5%.
  3. School finance experts are concerned when Texas school districts receive less local revenue, as the State must make up the difference. Unfortunately, by limiting local revenue the cost to the State will grow by billions of dollars every year, with no identified source for replacing that revenue. This will likely push the State into a painful budget shortfall which will likely result in severe education spending cuts similar to those following The Public School Finance and Property Tax Relief Act of 2006.
  4. State Dollars – The State is adding funding to “make-up” for the reduction in local property taxes. However, there is concern the State’s plan is not sustainable and is likely to lead to future cuts in education similar to the drastic cuts following The Public School Finance and Property Tax Relief Act of 2006.
  5. Teacher Pay – School districts are required to spend 30% of any State funding increases on compensation for teachers, nurses, counselors, and librarians (with priority for those with 5 years of experience or more). There are no compensation requirements for support staff such as teacher aides, bus drivers, custodians, cafeteria workers, and office staff.
  6. Recapture (Robin Hood) – The State will reduce Lovejoy ISD’s recapture payments, allowing those funds to remain in the district and help fund the property tax relief.    
 
We are waiting for the final numbers from TEA; however, we estimate Lovejoy ISD will have a total loss in revenue of approximately $3 million dollars, which will increase our 2019-2020 deficit to approximately $4 million dollars.
 
Additionally, we are required to pass a budget by June 30, 2019, and we must account for decreases in expenditures and increases in revenue sources to fund the budget. We have worked collaboratively with the Board over the last seven months and with increased vigor over the last two months to develop budget options for this scenario. To make up for the lost state funds, the budget under development includes:

  • Program changes that resulted in reducing ~ 20 staff positions
  • ~ $300,000 in cuts to Central Administration Budgets
  • Use of $1.1 million from fund balance
  • Reinstate parent paid "fee for service" for bus transportation and extracurricular participation
 
In prior years, Lovejoy has taken bold steps to offset the loss of state funding by cutting as far away from the classroom as possible, cutting as many non-personnel items as possible, adding new sources of revenue, and initiating other significant austerity measures. Because over 80% of the district’s budget is in personnel; unfortunately, staffing is the only area left to cut to make up for the lost state revenue. Over the past two months the Board and Administration have had to make the very difficult decision to change programs to reduce staff. Staff reductions will cause some reorganization, which means there will be some re-tooled positions as we restructure for a more cost-effective, leaner model in the impacted areas. Our primary focus, as we face this tough challenge, remains to provide quality academic instruction with more limited resources. Make no mistake, staff reductions will have an effect on Lovejoy. When impacting someone's profession, career, and livelihood, it is very emotional and agonizing. We know and care for these educators. As we restructure, the District will strive to make the most effective use of our more-limited resources, and we will continue our efforts to provide an excellent student experience.
 
The district has worked strategically to develop innovative sources of revenue. These revenue producing programs are currently contributing ~ $ 2 + million dollars to our revenue stream outside of state funding, including:
 
  • Transfers with Tuition
  • Tuition based Pre-K program
  • Summer Enrichment offerings
  • Elementary Campus Camp Outs
  • SAT Prep Courses
  • Advertising Partnerships at the Stadium and Competition Gym
 
What were the program changes that resulted in reducing staff positions and how much does that save?
 
The following four program change areas will save ~ $1,500,000
 
  • Central Administration Student Support Services
  • WSMS Course Delivery Structure (students move from an 8 period day to a 7 period day)
  • Campus Based Student Support Services
  • K-2 Gifted & Talented Structure (curriculum will be differentiated by the homeroom teacher)
 
After we use $1,100,000 from fund balance, will the fiscal well-being of the district be protected?
Yes, with the utilization of $1.1 million from fund balance, we will have sufficient funds to cover cash flow in the fall semester until tax payments begin to come into the district.
 
What is the proposed "fee for service" for bus transportation?
The preliminary fee for bus service will be similar to the amount passed in June 2017 at $350, per student, for a full school year. This breaks down to $2 per day to ride the bus to and from school.
 
What is the proposed "fee for service" for participation in extracurricular activities?
The per student proposed extracurricular fee for athletics and fine arts will be less than those passed in June 2017. The preliminary fee amounts are $350 for grades 9-12, $250 for 8th grade, and $150 for 7th grade. Additionally, there has been consideration for a family fee cap, but an amount has not yet been established. The fee will cover all activities regardless of the number of sports and fine arts activities in which students choose to participate. The district will offer hardship waivers and/or scholarships if necessary to ensure no student is denied participation.
 
You are welcome to join us for the Board Workshop on Monday, June 24th at 6:00 PM and the public hearing and Board Meeting Wednesday, June 26th at 7:30 PM in the Lovejoy Elementary Gym.
 
With respect and admiration,
Dr. Dennis Womack
LISD Interim Superintendent

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Athletic News
Click here for detailed information regarding summer athletic camps.
Annual registration is open for Lovejoy Leopard Athletes for the 2019 Summer Conditioning Sessions provided by Performance Course. All-important information may be found on the PC web site at www.performancecourse.com . Sessions are strictly voluntary and are not required by the Lovejoy Athletic Department.
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Upcoming Events

Summer Enrichment Camps
Enrollment Now Open!
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Camp Invention
June 10 – 14


Metroplex Offers Summer Swim Lessons

Estate Life Magazine Golf Scramble
Benefiting the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
June 28
The first annual Estate Life Magazine Golf scramble will be held on June 28 at 1:00 PM at Heritage Ranch to benefit the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools. Registration is only $75 per player. There will be a putting contest and a Hole in One prize. This will be a fun event for a golfing family. Registration is now open at https://estatelifegolf.com/
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Lovejoy Scholars
Lovejoy Scholars, our K – 12 tuition-based enrollment program, is a great opportunity for families who live outside of our district boundaries, but want their children to experience a Lovejoy education. Will you help us share the news?
 
 
Pre-K Now Enrolling
Excellence Begins Early
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Little Lovejoy Scholars is accepting applications for tuition-based Pre-Kindergarten.

Advertising Opportunities Available for Local Business at Lovejoy Stadium and LHS Competition Gym 

There is a new opportunity for you to get your name and/or message out to the Lovejoy community. We have created a limited number of advertising spots for our stadium and gym which we are reserving for local businesses. All packages are on a first come, first serve basis since there are a limited number of opportunities in these venues.
 
Congratulations to our newest Gym Anchor Partner and Stadium Premier Partner:

FAIRVIEW DERMATOLOGY
331 TOWN PLACE, FAIRVIEW, TEXAS

Lovejoy parent Dr. Helen Kim-James opened Fairview Dermatology in May 2018. She was born and raised in Dallas, is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, and is certified by the American Board of Dermatology. We are excited to announce Dr. Kim-James’ partnership with Lovejoy ISD.
 
These exciting opportunities are available for businesses of all sizes and budgets. Our leadership team would be happy to schedule a time to visit with you to learn your marketing objectives and see how we can best help through the marketing opportunities we have available. Please contact dennis_womack@lovejoyisd.net for additional information.


Tutoring 101
Don't let all the coming Summer fun erase all the work they've done! Tutoring 101 is here to make sure your kids keep their skills sharp, improve in subjects they struggled in, and even help them get ahead for the next school year. Our certified, professional tutors can give your students a leg up and help them avoid the dreaded summer slump. We offer:
 
Enrichment
Individualized Summer Learning Plan
Reading/Math/Writing for K-8th
Get ready for Fall Courses Precalculus, Geometry, Physics
PSAT/SAT/ACT Prep
 
Visit www.tutoring101.com for information on how to prep and save this summer! You may call 972.359.0222 for a free consultation.

Lovejoy Lacrosse – Boys’ and Girls’ Teams Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the boys’ and girls’ 2019 Fall season of Lovejoy Lacrosse. Join the most exciting, fastest-growing sport in the country. 
 
Register now for Boys and Girls
Grades Kindergarten through High School
 
Visit www.lovejoylacrosse.com for information regarding the program and the upcoming Fall season.  

Where Are They Now?

If you would like to provide us with accomplishments of a Lovejoy graduate, please click here .  We will share this information in the “Where Are They Now?” section of Email Express. It is a pleasure to report the successes of Lovejoy graduates during their college years and beyond.

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