Dr. Kathy Rollo Talks Back-To-School and LISD Staff Salaries
Thursday on KFYO Mornings with Dave King and Matt Martin, the superintendent of the Lubbock Independent School District Dr. Kathy Rollo joined Dave and Matt to talk about the discussions of allowing teachers to arm themselves in schools, increased police force on campuses, the Midland-Odessa shooting, the first three weeks of school, released salaries of LISD staff, future goals for students, additions planned to be made to three elementary schools, and more.
Dr. Kathy Rollo started the discussion by talking about the Midland-Odessa shooting that occured over the weekend. She explained that the Lubbock Independent School District reached out and asked if they could do anything to help. Lubbock ISD ended up sending 4 counselors down to coordinate counseling efforts at schools in the area, as well as two therapy dogs.
Lubbock ISD schools have been in session for three weeks now, and Dr. Rollo was asked if there have been any surprises or anything unexpected. Dr. Rollo responded by saying, "Absolutely not. It's actually been a very smooth start. We've had great response to the beginning of school, and I'm sure we'll probably even enroll some more students today. Usually after labor day, really through October, we'll enroll more and more students."
Dr. Rollo was also asked about the report that came out that made the top salaries of Lubbock ISD staff known to the public. In the report, there were several six figure salaries, and none of them were teachers. Dr. Rollo responded by saying,
Well if you think about our school district and compare it to a large business, our district serves 27,000 students, and we have over 3,000 employees. We are charged with safety and security of our students and employees, we are charged with ensuring that our students are academically successful, plus all the extracurricular things that we offer. It's a lot of work to make sure things are running smoothly and efficiently, and so it takes a team of us to make that happen.
On the topic of future goals for Lubbock ISD, Dr. Rollo explained that they have three elementary schools that are about to get additions to help get kids out of portables and into buildings. Looking further into the future, she hopes that by 2024 that at least 80% of students in the Lubbock Independent School District will be served at an A or B rating.
Watch the full interview with Superintendent Dr. Kathy Rollo in the video above.