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Section A: General News


La Vernia trustees support Dr. Harvey




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Wilson County News
May 23, 2012 | 2,487 views | 13 comments

LA VERNIA -- The La Vernia Independent School District (ISD) board of trustees has approved a statement supporting Superintendent Tom Harvey.

The statement was approved by all the trustees present during a special meeting of the board May 16, Harvey said after the meeting, which was largely held in closed session to discuss “... legal issues involving superintendent evaluation and related documentation ...,” according to the published agenda.

“The charges and claims made against Dr. Harvey are either totally false, or involve misinformation about him and his actions as superintendent; the board believes it is important to set the record straight and, hopefully, put an end to the innuendos, rumors, and misstatements concerning Dr. Harvey and the board’s decision to extend his employment contract with the district,” the statement reads, in part.

Addressed in the text of the 3-page document are allegations that Harvey could be the subject of an investigation into alleged criminal activity involving funds at La Vernia Junior High School, which are false, the board says. The statement adds that Harvey has kept the board informed of the status of the police investigation into the La Vernia Junior High School Activity Account, “... providing us with relevant information about the progress of the investigation.” When directives were issued to the appropriate administrators, according to the board’s statement, “... it was believed the administrators were complying with those directives.”

The board also addressed allegations that Harvey failed to report “certain matters to the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) ... ” The statement continues, “Counsel for the district has informed us that Dr. Harvey has utilized his assistance in dealing with the legal issues involving SBEC reports on a number of occasions, including with respect to the two former district employees referred to in the allegations made against Dr. Harvey.”

Further allegations regarding a land purchase by the district from district Finance Director Laura Ramzinski and her husband are also addressed by the board’s statement. “With the assistance and advice of legal counsel, the district was able to make an arms-length purchase of the property at less than its appraised value, and did so with full disclosure of who owned the property,” the statement proclaims.

Also included is a statement advising that all seven of the district’s trustees gave Harvey a positive evaluation, and that “... his actions in that capacity reflect a high level of competence, professionalism, and common sense. ... In short, we are all very satisfied with his performance.”

The statement includes highlights of Harvey’s time at the helm in La Vernia, including:

•Harvey’s selection as Region 20 Superintendent of the Year in 2009

•The district being identified as “recognized” by the Texas Education Agency in 2004, 2006, and 2008-10

•A zero-dropout rate, based on the current AEIS (Academic Excellence Indicator System) report for the district.

“In conclusion,” the statement reads, “the board wishes to reiterate its strong support for Dr. Harvey, and its collective belief that this district has been well-served by him. ... The board stands by its extension of Dr. Harvey’s contract, and would still take that action today.”

In attendance: Dr. Tom Harvey, district superintendent; Board President Mike Jendrusch; trustees David Watson, Richard Schier, James Barnett, John Bilicek, and Eric Friedrichs.

‘... [Dr. Harvey’s] actions in that
capacity reflect a high level of
competence, professionalism, and
common sense. ... In short, we are all very satisfied with his performance.’
-- La Vernia ISD board of trustees
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
Reader   
Sutherland Springs, TX  
May 28, 2012 7:19pm
 
So, where have you ever worked that fired your boss when you messed up?? Would someone please explain that concept to me? Unless the boss is directly and positively involved in the wrong-doing, how can you possibly blame the ... More ›

 
One Voice  
Floresville  
May 25, 2012 4:19am
 
I don't know doodly squat about this - but, I can tell this board - in a gerneral sense - when citizens feel they are not heard-really heard - when the citizens feel dismissed - when citizens are treated like they are the opposition- ... More ›

 
Lovin' LV  
May 24, 2012 8:52pm
 
Enough is enough... this "Christian" wasn't quoting scriptures previously on this subject, nor defending those who are guilty. I do not wish to move on, this is my home just as it is to all of the "locals" ... More ›

 
New Guy  
Wilson County  
May 24, 2012 2:51pm
 
Enough is Enough: You must be a LV graduate..."Do you honestly thing that..." Did you mean "think"?

 
Enough is Enough  
La Vernia  
May 24, 2012 2:02pm
 
Do you honestly thing that Dr. Harvey has the cloud over him that is bringing all this to the school district? If so that is assinine! So if the board were to follow your "demands" of a new leader and something ... More ›

 
Lovin' LV  
May 24, 2012 12:58pm
 
I am sorry, I forgot to add that I am not saying that Dr. Harvey is guilty of anything, I just think that we need to have change.

 
Lovin' LV  
May 24, 2012 12:56pm
 
We all have our opinions and comfort levels as far as our children and their education. I think that it is time for change and to move past the turmoil that is plaguing our school district and has plagued our school district ... More ›

 
Enough is Enough  
La Vernia  
May 24, 2012 12:25pm
 
Thankful, again that is not under Dr. Harvey. The school official and the police officer are both adults and knew what they were doing. If the news decides not to cover the story, then they don't think it is a story worth covering. ... More ›

 
thankful to be here  
floresville  
May 24, 2012 12:14pm
 
what happened to the school official and the la vernia cop that got caught having hanky panky i guess not a big story hey

 
Enough is Enough  
La Vernia  
May 24, 2012 11:48am
 
You know Jennifer, I think you are just so disgruntled that you cannot see straight. So big deal things have happened during Dr. Harvey's watch, but then again, what hasn't happened anywhere. If a company were to replace their ... More ›

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