Lockhart ISD

What a Difference a Couple Years Make

Just over two years ago, workers began to transform Lockhart High School from a dated 1960's building serving grades 10 through 12, to a state of the art facility renovated and expanded to serve grades 9 through 12 with room to handle a growing student enrollment. Now with modern science labs, a dedicated center that offers a wide range of Career & Technology classes, a performing arts center to serve the school and the community, and more, Lockhart High School is poised to continue "building a legacy of excellence." The photo below shows the beginning stages of construction. Following below that is a current photo that shows progress to date. For more information, refer to the Lockhart High School Update Page.

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New Performing Arts Center Named in Honor of Geraldine (Gerry) Ohlendorf

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At the June 25 regular Board meeting, Trustees approved the name "Gerry Ohlendorf Performing Arts Center" (GOPAC) for the new facility nearing completion as an addition to Lockhart High School. The GOPAC is expected to complete construction and open in October 2017.

Ohlendorf attended Lockhart schools as a band student herself. She later obtained her bachelor's degree from Southwest Texas State Teachers College in 1952 and secured a position as an elementary music teacher. She resigned two years later to focus on raising her family but returned to the classroom in 1967 as a substitute teacher. It was during this period J.L. Buckley offered Ohlendorf the position of junior high band director, a significant opportunity at a time when there were not many female band directors. Ohlendorf accepted and worked steadily to build a successful program for the students.

Ohlendorf retired in 1988, but when Desert Storm activated the high school band director to military service, she came out of retirement in 1990 to serve in this role until the high school could secure a new high school band director. Even then, Ohlendorf volunteered to help the new band director during the summer, and before she could return to retirement, the school district asked Ohlendorf to provide leadership as the assistant band director. After three decades of service to the school district, she retired a second time in 1999. Unsurprisingly, she continued to serve the community and her church and was a constant presence of support at school performances and events.

The Board first heard discussion about naming the PAC at the April 24 regular Board meeting. At the Board's recommendation, the district conducted a community survey inviting feedback and nominations for the facility. The results of the survey were shared with the Board, and the results showed overwhelming support and numerous nominations to honor Ohlendorf.

"I am so pleased the community was able to participate in the process, and that in the end, we are able to honor someone who has truly dedicated her life to introducing generations of Lockhart children to music," said Superintendent Susan Bohn.

The facility will seat 820 people and provide LISD students a first-rate performance facility to showcase their talent. The center will feature state-of-the-art lighting and sounds systems and a projection system with two large screens flanking the stage.

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Alma Brewer Strawn Elementary School Finishes On Time and Under Budget

Elementary students stepped into Lockhart's newest elementary on Monday, August 22, 2016. The new and creative design offers a variety of unique characteristics, including a secure outdoor learning space, shown below. In celebration of the new campus, the Board of Trustees held a formal ribbon cutting ceremony on the evening of September 8, 2016. The staff of the new campus welcomed local dignitaries, community members, district staff, parents and of course a number of students that will be served by the new building. For additional details, refer to the Alma Brewer Strawn ES Update tab.

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