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Alex Garcia Sworn In as LISD Trustee

Posted Date: 07/28/2022

Alex Garcia Sworn In as LISD Trustee

LISD Superintendent Dr. Brent Hawkins swears in Alex Garcia on Thursday to fill the expiring term of Krissa Bass Humphries.  Members of the board accepted Humphries' resignation during a special called meeting held on July 26.  Humphries plans to return to teaching in a neighboring district.

A special called Livingston ISD board meeting was held on Tuesday, July 26, at the administration building.

During the board budget workshop, the LISD board voted to set the proposed tax rate as an action item. The actual rate will be adopted at a meeting in August. The proposed tax rate is 1.132. This is approximately an 8.5% decrease in the current tax rate and is 18% less than the tax rate adopted four years ago.

A budget workshop was held, and the board discussed rising costs due to inflation. The district is

budgeting accordingly by addressing certain key areas most affected by inflation. The 2022-2023 budget reflects the School Board’s continued focus on increasing the teacher salary schedule in order to

attract and retain the best employees possible.  The LISD budget is developed based on needs that are determined by student achievement and community values.  Dr. Hawkins emphasized that districts are on a fixed income with no new revenue yet the cost that we all see hit our personal budgets are hitting the school budget just as hard.

LISD Board Secretary Krissa Bass Humphries resigned her position on the board to pursue her education career. In her resignation letter, she shared, “I am immensely proud of the job we did as a team of eight.  I feel what we have accomplished for the students and educators of this Lion community will leave a lasting legacy.  I have decided to pursue my education career yet again.  With the shortage of teachers I feel the calling to reenter the field and make a difference on that level.  I cherish the time I had serving this community and look forward to my next endeavor.  Effective at the end of tonight’s meeting I will officially be resigning the position of Livingston ISD Trustee and Board Secretary.”

Under action items, the board accepted the resignation of Krissa Bass Humphries and appointed Alex Garcia to fill the unexpired term until the November election.  Humphries said, “I am proud to have been a part of this team and feel blessed to be a part of this success.  I am honored and grateful to be a part of the district.” Trustees also approved a revised 2022-2023 board meeting calendar and approved the filing of a complaint to the State Board of Educator Certification, responsive to Chapter 21 Contract Abandonment on former LISD employees Kelly Presley and Kelsie Cooper.  

In closing, Superintendent Dr. Brent Hawkins shared, “On behalf of the district, I would like to thank the efforts of Ms. Humphries.  We have a very high-performing district with phenomenal success.  Mrs. Humphries has been making the tough decisions and putting in hours and hours of volunteerism to support our vision and mission.  I think that we often see the success of the district and think it just happens. Our progress has been made because of people.  You win and lose with people as I’ve said often over the past few years.  Ms. Humpries is one of those people that we win with.  It is a tremendous commitment in time to dedicate to the training and time effort to be a board member, not to mention the decisions that impact so many that have to be made.”