Johnson City Independent School District is located primarily in Northern Blanco County, although touches or includes sections of Hays, Travis, Burnet, Llano, and Gillespie Counties. The district includes 531.5 square miles, and is comprised of three campuses, Lyndon B. Johnson High School (9-12), Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School (5-8), and Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary (K-4), all renamed in honor of our 1924 Johnson City graduate at the time he took the office of President of the United States of America (1963).
Our small community is nestled in the scenic Texas Hill Country. Geographically, we are within 60 miles of the major cities of Austin and San Antonio. While the area is growing, the school district has not seen much change in student population.
The number of students at the high school level dictates the district’s classification assigned by the University Interscholastic League The district varies only slightly in size from year to year, causing us to hover between the 1A and 2A classification. For the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years, in athletics, music, and academics, our students will be competing at the 2A level.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA), through its Academic Excellence Indicator System, most recently rated the Johnson City ISD as “Recognized”. LBJ Elementary attained the highest level of “Academically Exemplary” for the fifth consecutive year. LBJ Middle earned the rating of “Academically Recognized” and LBJ High continued to be Academically Acceptable.
Additionally, the district received a number of Gold Performance Acknowledgements (GPA), awarded to districts and campuses “for high performance on indicators other than those used to determine accountability.” Commended performance is the highest performance level set by the State Board of Education. LBJ Elementary received acknowledgment of commended in two of the three areas assessed, Writing and Mathematics; LBJ Middle School received acknowledgement of commended in all five of the measures assessed: Reading/ELA, Mathematics, Writing, Science, and Social Studies; and LBJ High School achieved the commended level in Social Studies.
In a measure indicating growth in student performance as compared to demographically similar schools, Gold Performance Acknowledgement was awarded to LBJ Elementary for showing comparable improvement in Mathematics and to LBJ Middle School for attendance during the 2009-2010 school year.
LBJHS also earned Gold Performance Acknowledgement for College Ready Graduates (Class of 2010), an indicator by which the students meet college ready criteria as evaluated in a combination of English/Language Arts and Mathematics. The high school received the Texas Success Initiative - Higher Education Readiness Component in both English/Language Arts and Mathematics, indicating students considered ready to begin college-level work in both areas.
The current federal accountability system known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) began in 2002. Until 2011-2012, the district has continually met the standard of “Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP),” as has each of the three campuses. In 2011-2012, LBJ Elementary, Middle School and High School all met AYP. In 2011-2012, the district was graded on seventeen performance standards and met the requirements on sixteen performance standards. Three measures are evaluated: Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, and Graduation Rate (for high schools and districts) or Attendance Rate (for elementary and middle/junior high schools).
Johnson City ISD is noted for its Professional Learning Communities, a strategy supporting student learning, and thus serves as a model for other districts planning to implement such a program.
Johnson City ISD maintains over $18.5 million in school facilities owned by local taxpayers. LBJ High School is the newest facility, having been completed in 2005. LBJ Middle School is comprised of a completely renovated facility for 7th and 8th grade students, and a newer facility, constructed in 1996, for 5th and 6th graders. LBJ Elementary has been renovated within the last 5 years. The district’s Central Administration Office is housed in the 7th and 8th grade building. During the summer of 2010, the Elementary/Middle School cafeteria was renovated. Additional campus improvements will be considered as the School Board sets the budget for the 2012-2013 school year.
Student Enrollment (from 2010-2011 AEIS District Profile)
LBJ High School …………………201
LBJ Middle School ………………238
LBJ Elementary …………………. 268
TOTAL ……………………………. 707
Ethnicity of Student Population (from 10-11 AEIS District Profile)
African American ………………… 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander ………….. ..0.0%
Native American …………………. 1.1%
Two or more races ………………. 2.1%
The district records 5.7% of students as Limited English Proficient (LEP). LEP students are those for whom English is not their primary language and who have limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English. Further, the district reports 42.1% of students are considered Economically Disadvantaged (students receiving assistance through the Free and Reduced Lunch Program).
In addition to teacher computers in each classroom, the district maintains two computer labs for Elementary use and three computer labs at the Middle School, with still another lab in their shared library. The High School has two computer labs designated for student use, two computer labs designated for computer classes, and one computer lab designated for Online College (eCampus). Two distance learning labs are also available within the district.
All students and staff members in the school district have access to the Internet, through a direct connection. Local Area Networks (LANs) are in place on every campus and in each building in the district.
Each campus has an assortment of equipment designed to enhance student learning. Available technology includes laptops for student use, ceiling mounted computer projectors, printers, interactive whiteboards, Interwrite pads, and document cameras.
District Personnel (from 10-11 AEIS District Profile)
Certified Teachers ………………..…. 52.4%
Professional Support …..……….….. 4.7%
Administrative Staff …………………..6.1%
Educational Aides………………….. 13.9%
Auxiliary Staff …………………..….. 22.9%
Teachers’ Years of Experience (from 10-11 AEIS District Profile)
Beginning Teachers ………………….. 5.6%
1 – 5 Years of Experience ………….. 24.9%
6 – 10 Years of Experience ………… 21.4%
11 – 20 Years of Experience ………. 26.6%
20+ Years of Experience ……………. 21.6%
Average Years of Experience Teaching….12.3
Teacher Salary Schedule
Contracts for classroom teachers are 187 days. Beginning teachers holding a Bachelor’s Degree earn $37,500 per contract year. Teachers with additional duties added to their contracts receive an additional stipend. Teachers with 20 years earn $52,050 with an increase of $500 for every additional year. Staff holding a Master’s degree receive an additional $1200 yearly.
College and Career
JCISD is committed to providing outstanding educational opportunities to our students. Teachers in core areas follow the basic CSCOPE curriculum while adding their professional expertise in their field of study. An increased achievement level over the past several years is evidence of the success of this curriculum. Always keeping in mind the future of our students, a variety of programs are in place to ensure students are prepared when the time comes for them to graduate, whether choosing to attend a college or a technical school, or begin a career. Career awareness begins in kindergarten and continues through high school, where the students choose a “pathway” to guide their learning opportunities.
Gifted and Talented (GT) services begin in Kindergarten and continue throughout the school years for identified students. Core area teachers at all levels have completed the state required training for gifted and talented and employ methods of differentiation within the regular classroom to meet the needs of identified GT students.
Advanced classes, available to all students, start with Pre-Algebra for any qualifying seventh graders at the Middle School level. Eighth grade students may receive high school credit early, taking Algebra I, Art I, Spanish I, or Speech/Leadership.
Numerous Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) and Advanced Placement (AP) courses are available at LBJ High School. Pre-AP courses include English II, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Biology, Chemistry I, and Physics I. AP courses include English III, English IV, Calculus, Chemistry II, Physics II, and Art.
LBJHS students identify strengths and interests using Career Cruising, online career guidance and planning system. Development of a four year high school plan is begun while the student is still in Middle School, with the opportunity to revise on a yearly basis. Currently, students select from among four career and technology pathways. The available pathways include: Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resources Course Pathway, Agricultural Mechanics Course Pathway, Business, Marketing and Management Course Pathway, Engineering and Architecture Course Pathway.
College level courses taught at LBJHS are articulated with ACC. An articulated class is taken as a high school class, with the college credit held in escrow at ACC. At such time a student registers at ACC, the credits (in escrow) are added to the student’s transcript. The articulation agreements with ACC for Introduction to Ag Mechanics coupled with Ag Metal Fabrication or Ag Mechanics I, and Ag Mechanics II are in the process of being revised. These articulated courses provide students the opportunity to earn college credit.
LBJHS houses the Early College Start program. The eCampus system provides dual credit and college credit courses; actual college level courses taught via computer. Dual credit courses meet both high school requirements as well as earn college credit at Austin Community College. These courses are taught by ACC professors following the same syllabus as the student attending ACC. Students have email contact with the professor for tutoring purposes. JCISD facilitates student eCampus participation through flexible scheduling and quality network access.
The Johnson City ISD Board of Trustees approve the district’s yearly budget. For the 10-11 school year the budget totaled $9,850,743, which included $6,702,332 from Local Funds; $2,390,901 from State Funds; and $757,510 from Federal Funds.
Beginning teacher salary was $37,500. Teachers, librarian, and nurse received a salary increase of 2.5%, while other staff members received a 2% increase, as reflected in the salary schedule.
Overall, the budget is a 4% increase over the 2009-2010 budget, including ARRA Stabilization Funds. A total tax rate of 1.1936 per assessed valuation, with 1.1536 per $100 assessed valuation is to repay school debt approved by local voters. The total rate is one half % increase over last year’s rate.
The average market value of a residence in Johnson City ISD is $146,271, with an average taxable value of $131,068. Taxes due for of home valued at the average would be approximately $1594.20.
Johnson City ISD has a FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) rating of “Superior Achievement”. The official financial audit found the district to be extremely sound financially, having optimum amounts of reserve funds, including accounting practices viewed as “Exemplary”. The district has an “AAA” bond rating by Fitch’s Investor Services with an underlying rating of “A+”.
Johnson City schools are accredited by the Texas Education Agency.
The regular Board Meetings for Johnson City ISD Board of Trustees are held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. The meetings are held in the Board Room of the Central Administration Offices located upstairs in LBJ Middle School, 303 N. LBJ Drive, Johnson City. The dates are subject to change for holidays, but advanced notice is given. All meetings are open to the public.