Lorena Independent School District

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Special Programs

LISD Administration coordinates the implementation of several district special programs.
Section 504 Gifted & Talented English as a Second Language
 Dyslexia  Title 1  Homeless Services

Title 1

Coordinator: Cheri Borchardt
Title I is a Federal Aid Program. The allocation of funds for each school district is based on a legislative formula dependent upon the distribution of low-income children and state per-pupil expenditures. The program is designed to:
  • Help children do better in school and receive skills to be successful
  • Provide resources for children to help them achieve their best potential
  • Encourage parents to be more involved in their children’s education
  • Provide opportunities for smaller class sizes
  • Help schools to actively promote increased family involvement

The Title I Program focuses on reading, language arts, and/or math intervention. The program is designed to supplement services to students using a variety of models.

  • Smaller classes or special instructional spaces
  • Additional teachers
  • A variety of supplementary teaching methods
  • Additional teaching materials which supplement materials already in the classroom
  • Extra time for teaching/tutoring students in the skills they need
  • Opportunities for professional development for school staff.
Progress Monitoring
Student progress will be monitored throughout the year to establish continual eligibility for the Title I program. In accordance with recent federal legislation, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), school districts that receive Title I federal funds are required to notify parents of their right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher including degrees and certifications held and whether the teacher is certified in the area he/she is teaching. The following classroom-based assessments and benchmarks are used:
PreK: CLI Engage Circle Progress Monitoring
K: CLI Engage Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment
1-2: DRA, TPRI, and TEMI
3-5: Renaissance Learning - STAR Math and STAR Reading 

Section 504

Coordinator: Dr. Steven McKissick

The purpose of Section 504 is to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity provided by school districts and other educational providers that receive federal financial assistance. No qualified student with a disability may, solely on the basis of a disability, be excluded from a district’s programs and activities. Stated another way, the purpose of Section 504 is to ensure that students who are Section 504 eligible have educational opportunities equivalent to those of their non-disabled peers. School districts are required to provide appropriate general education or appropriate special education and related aides and services. This means that school districts may be required to provide accommodations to ensure that equal educational opportunities are available to eligible students with disabilities.

Under Child Find requirements, districts are required to identify, locate and evaluate qualified disabled students residing within district boundaries. Additionally, public schools are required under this statute to provide a free, appropriate public education, or FAPE, to individuals who qualify as persons disabled under Section 504. FAPE, under Section 504 regulations, consists of a program of general and/or special education and related aids and services that are designed to meet the education needs of a disabled student as adequately as the educational needs of a nondisabled student. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is charged with enforcing this statute.

504 Process Flowchart Notice of Rights for Disabled Students under Section 504



Coordinator: Cindy Patterson

TEA Resources 

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2018 Texas Dyslexia Handbook (English) 

Dyslexia Handbook

2018 Texas El Manual Sobre La Dislexia

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Dyslexia and Related Disorders in the IEP 

Region 12 Contact

Traci Newman M.Ed., LDT, CALT

Education Specialist ~ Dyslexia

Education Service Center Region 12

o: 254-297-1100

c: 254-721-1856

f:  254-666-0823

e: tnewman@esc12.net

Lorena ISD Dyslexia Handbook


Lorena Primary School

Amanda Niemeyer

Reading Specialist




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Lorena Elementary

Stacy Isom

Reading Specialist




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Lorena Middle School

Jackie Pike

Reading Specialist




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Lorena High School

Cindy Patterson

Reading Specialist





Gifted & Talented

Coordinator: Cheri Borchardt

English as a Second Language

Coordinator: Karen Jeffrey