Special District Message
April 12th Town Hall Meeting
Dear Lovejoy Families, 

As we prepare for the upcoming four-day weekend, we know there are questions and concerns surrounding the potential efficiency restructuring opportunity for the K-4 program and programmatic reductions in force. 

While the district presented an option leveraging the most efficient campus and staffing utilization model, we know our families would like to better understand the details of the proposed restructuring and alternative considerations the district reviewed to address the estimated $6M budget shortfall for 2021-2022.

During the March 25th Board Budget Workshop Meeting, Lovejoy ISD shared how the shortfall has not only impacted our district, but also demographic and academic peer districts throughout the State. The Lovejoy ISD, $6M budget shortfall can be attributed to several factors, including:

  • The loss of $331 per student funding with the passing of House Bill 3 (2019)
  • The reduction of enrollment due to COVID and decline of enrollment between our entering Kindergarten students compared to our exiting Senior students
  • The loss of state funding from Fast Growth Enrollment status 
  • Anticipated loss of the ability to charge tuition for Lovejoy Scholars due to current proposed legislation, House Bill 1525 and Senate Bill 1536

As the district works to address the shortfall, we are dedicated to finding solutions that will allow the district to work towards a balanced budget while protecting the heart and essence of what makes Lovejoy exceptional.
On April 12th, the Board of Trustees will utilize the already scheduled Special Board Meeting and Budget Workshop to provide an opportunity for participation in a Town Hall meeting format where parents and community members will be able to submit questions and concerns for discussion. Upon our return from the four-day weekend, LISD will provide more information regarding the structure for the April 12th meeting. Please note that no action will be taken during the April 12th meeting.

The LISD Board of Trustees will meet on April 19th to take action regarding potential efficiency models for campuses and staffing and programmatic reductions in force to remain compliant with Texas Education Code 21.103, which requires school districts to give reasonable notice to employees who will be impacted by a programmatic reduction in force. 

To help provide information to our community, Lovejoy ISD has created a 2021-2022 Budget Development Website which provides the community with the budget development timeline, links to Board Briefs, and direct links to Budget Presentations.

Additionally, we are working to create a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions document that will provide answers to questions submitted by our parents and community. If you would like to submit a question to be included in our FAQ, please click here to complete the online form.

We encourage our families and community members to visit this site often as we provide our One Heart. One Lovejoy. community up-to-date information regarding our 2020-2021 budget development.

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