N. KILBEY-SMITH/Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com
Concerned parents and community members gather outside the La Vernia Independent School District Administration Building March 27 as the district’s board of trustees meets in executive session regarding board duties and the superintendent’s evaluation.
LA VERNIA -- District parents and community members remain engaged in obtaining responses to their concerns. This was evident when approximately a dozen community members were present for a March 27 La Vernia Independent School District special board meeting.
The sole agenda item was an executive session for “... deliberations concerning the evaluation of the superintendent and possible revisions to the instrument concerning superintendent evaluations; deliberations concerning the evaluation, duties and responsibilities of the board president with respect to presiding over board meetings; deliberations concerning evaluation of each individual board member with respect to carrying out his or her duties as a board member.”
Board President Mike Jendrusch called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m., acknowledged the presence of the full board, and announced the executive session, then invited the community members to leave the administration building meeting room for the board to begin discussions. He advised no action would be taken, since the item was listed for discussion only and no action items were on the agenda.
Those attending then convened outside the building to discuss the board, district administration, and their concerns.
Karen Comeaux, with LVParents.org, told the group she’d been in communication with Jendrusch, and read his responses to her emails.
Several parents aired concerns about expenditures for technology, and ongoing issues with technology and its lack of functionality for students and teachers. Michelle Raines, a former district employee, concurred with the parents’ concerns.
“The trustees of LVISD are committed to serving their community. Several trustees commented that the meeting on Tuesday was time well spent,” said Superintendent Tom Harvey after the meeting. “The trustees evaluated their individual performances and shared candidly with each other.”
In attendance: Super-intendent Tom Harvey, board President Mike Jendrusch, board members James Barnett, Eric Friedrichs, David Watson, Janice Gimbel, Richard Schier, and John Bilicek.