It is a bittersweet time in Lewisville ISD. We look forward to what the future will bring to our lighthouse district; but, at the same time, it means the closing of a wonderful chapter. Our longtime Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jerry Roy, will say “goodbye” to our district at the end of this month.
Over the past 10 years, Dr. Roy has brought about much change to our district. He has been an avid supporter of early education; and under his tenure, we opened the Lillie J. Jackson Early Childhood Center, expanded early education opportunities and gone to a full-day kindergarten system. Dr. Roy has always believed a high-quality early education not only gives students a strong foundation in their educational career, but also has a positive lifelong impact.
Dr. Roy has also overseen the overhaul of the district’s curriculum, which streamlined and revolutionized the way students are learning. Each day, teachers across our 127-square mile district seek to genuinely engage students and get them excited about learning. As Dr. Roy always says, there is no “one-size-fits-all” education and it is this belief that has driven our administrators, teachers and staff to be creative in the classroom and always look for ways to improve. For example, LISD students continue to beat the state and national SAT average scores and score higher than the national and state average on the ACT test. We are proud the LISD family has earned a second consecutive “Recognized” rating by the Texas Education Agency.
As parents ourselves, we can all appreciate the importance of preparing for the future. Dr. Roy has worked hard to make students’ educational dreams come true. One way LISD students can receive a “leg-up” in college is by enrolling in dual credit courses, also known as advanced placement courses. In fact, any student can enroll in an advanced placement (AP) course, which offer the opportunity to take an AP test. If a student scores 3 or higher, he or she has earned college credit for the class. Our district provides enough dual credit opportunities so a student can receive credit for their whole freshman year of coursework without having stepped foot on campus. This saves families time and money.
Another way Dr. Roy has helped students’ reach their goals is with the opening of the Night High School program. Recognized in Texas School Business Magazine as a “Bragging Rights” program, Night High School is designed to offer more learning opportunities to a specific group of students, ages 16 – 21. This group includes students who dropped-out of an LISD high school, students who are considered “at risk” according to state guidelines and students who either want to recover credits or graduate early. This is another example of educational programs led by Dr. Roy, designed to meet students’ needs and further proving there really is no “one-size-fits-all” education.
We wish there were enough space to tell you about all the wonderful programs and memories Dr. Roy has added to the LISD Legacy. From day one, he has made decisions with LISD students’ best interests in mind. He has fought hard for better legislation concerning public education and will continue to be passionate about our students. Please join us in saying “thank you” to Dr. Roy as he enters a new chapter in his life while always holding onto his memories with LISD.