Lake Travis ISD

Update 3:45pm: Lake Travis ISD says nothing has been found in the area where a suspicious person was reported and the lockdown has been lifted at all schools. 

Update 2:35pm: The lockdown has been lifted at Lake Travis ISD schools, except for Lake Travis Elementary School and the district's Education Development Center, where the report of suspicious activity originated.

Update 2:15pm: Lake Travis ISD spokesman Marco Alvarado says the lockdown was in response to a report of suspicious activity at the district's Education Development Center near Lake Travis Elementary. 

Alvarado said there were no reports of any weapons at this point.

EARLIER: All schools in Lake Travis are on lockdown, following reports of a suspicious individual at an unnamed building. 

Schools in the Lake Travis ISD include Lake Travis High School, Hudson Bend Middle School , Lake Travis Middle School, Bee Cave Elementary School, Lake Pointe Elementary School, Lake Travis Elementary School, Lakeway Elementary School, and Serene Hills Elementary School.  

No more details are available at this time; KUT News is waiting to hear back from the Lakeway Police Department, and will update this post with more information once it becomes available. 

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The Lake Travis Cavaliers won the last five Class 4A state football championships. But now the University Interscholastic League is bumping up Lake Travis to 5A, the division populated by the state's largest high schools. As the Austin American-Statesman notes, that puts Lake Travis in a district with Westlake, Bowie, Austin High, Anderson, Del Valle and Akins.

Lake Travis Middle School sits right next to Lake Travis High School.

The Lake Travis school district has fired a custodial worker who said she saw a man with a gun at Lake Travis Middle School in early December, prompting a four-hour security lockdown of that campus, the neighboring high school, and an administrative building.

“Upon extensive review of the incident, District officials have concluded that there exists no evidence to substantiate the claim” of seeing a gunman, the district said in a letter sent to parents. The letter says the employee was fired at 4 p.m. Friday.

The lockdown on December 9 rattled nerves as law enforcement swarmed the scene, scouring for a suspect. Agents from the Travis County SWAT Team, several local police departments and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted several sweeps but never found a gunman.

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State Office Building Closed

UPDATE 9:00 am: DPS officials have reopened the William P. Clements building, after issuing an all clear.

EARLIER:  The William P. Clements building at 15th and Lavaca is closed as well as the parking lot.  The Texas Department of Public Safety says this is a precautionary measure. DPS says a suspect has been detained and his vehicle searched.  Officials did not release other details.  DPS did say an 'all clear' is expected soon.

Public Weighing in on Travis County Redistricting

Travis County is holding a public hearing this morning on its redistricting plans. The county is redrawing boundary lines for county commissioners, justices of the peace, constables and election precincts, following last year's US Census. County officials are trying to get more public input before Commissioners adopt the final maps next month. 

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Gas Prices on the Rise

There is still plenty of summertime left for those of you thinking about going somewhere for vacation. But if you’re going to take a road trip you may want to consider gas prices are up. AAA Texas reports the price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Austin jumped eight cents over the last week to $3.50. Statewide gas prices are averaging about $3.52.