Another election is just around the corner for Llano County voters — seems like we have had a lot of elections this spring! The May 8 county-wide election is for Llano ISD Board of Trustees. My name is Becky Robinson. I am the incumbent for Place 6 on the School Board and am running for re-election. I would appreciate the opportunity to serve you and our students again in this capacity.
Three and a half years ago I was approached by some local residents to consider running for the school board. It didn’t take me long to decide, because I have had a life long interest in education. When I left my career at Southwestern Bell Telephone, I told friends that I wanted volunteering in education to be a part of my retired life.
I was elected to the LISD board in May 2007. Since that time, we have made huge strides with our students and your tax dollars. Most importantly to me, our school ratings have all increased from the 2007/08 school year to the 2008/09 school year. Both of our elementary schools (Llano Elementary and Packsaddle Elementary) were rated Recognized in 07/08 and last year were rated Exemplary – the highest rating a school can receive. Llano Junior High and Llano High School were rated Academically Acceptable and are now Recognized. Overall the district is now rated Recognized. These are HUGE achievements by our campuses and are a measurable indication that our students are receiving the educational experience that they deserve. These academic improvements are a result of teamwork between fine students, dedicated faculty, district leadership and caring parents.
In 2007, we as a school board implemented CSCOPE – an aligned curriculum that is designed to insure that every student in every classroom is learning what they need to in order to move ahead to the next grade, and ultimately to graduate. The implementation of CSCOPE was a directive from the board and was not easy on all the staff – but the results seem to prove that we are clearly moving in the right direction.
My goal as a trustee is to insure that every student in LISD is given the best education available to any student in our state. I believe we are moving toward that goal.
Now – about your tax dollars – when I began serving on the board we had just come out of a very bad financial time for LISD. That time is behind us now. In the last three years we have increased our fund balance from $3.6 million to $6.9 million. It is very important to me that your tax dollars be used wisely and to the benefit of our students’ education. We have been able to give raises to our teachers and administrative staff in the last three years. In addition, through a bond issue that was approved in 2007, we have made significant improvements to the facilities and learning environment that our students enjoy each day. We also have technology available to our teachers and students that is comparable to that offered to students in the top schools in Texas.
As a member of your school board, I am committed to continuing to improve LISD and to continue allocating your money wisely. I am a Horseshoe Bay resident and have been for 11 years. As residents of HSB we pay 59 % of the taxes that are utilized by our schools. Therefore, I believe it is critical to have HSB representation on the board protecting the use of those dollars. LISD Chairman Ronnie Rudd and I are the only HSB residents on the seven member Board of Trustees.
I graduated from Baylor University with an accounting degree in 1978. I worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone in various capacities for 22 years - the last being the Director of Benefits for all employees and retirees. My parents were both educators, and I grew up with the clear knowledge and belief that educating our youth is critical to our success in the future.
The school board race is the only issue on the HSB ballot for May 8. I need, and would appreciate, your vote. Thank you for your continued support.