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LA VERNIA -- School board trustees have dismissed a parent grievance filed by Jennifer Moczygemba.

The action was taken during a special meeting July 11 of the La Vernia Independent School District board.

According to district superintendent Dr. Tom Harvey after the meeting, much of the meeting took place in executive session. The sole purpose of the meeting was to address the Level Three Appeal grievance.

“It was a good while,” he said. “Well over an hour.”

In such cases, Harvey said, the complainant presents his or her side, then the administration presents its side of the issue. The board members can review and ask questions, then deliberate on the matter presented. Unless the complainant requests otherwise, all of this takes place in executive session, restricted from public view or participation.

Moczygemba said following the meeting that the grievance was related to expenditures for a field trip in 2011. She said parents and the La Vernia Junior High School Parent Teacher Organization paid approximately $5,200 toward the trip, with the money being placed in the school’s student activity account.

But Moczygemba alleges that more than $10,000 was spent on the trip, with the remainder of the money being taken from state grant funds that were dedicated for another purpose. This is why she filed the grievance.

“We as taxpayers paid more for the field trip than we needed to,” Moczygemba said.

Between the time that she sent the grievance to the Texas Education Agency and the July 11 meeting, however, Moczygemba said the district corrected the matter and the grant funds were reimbursed. She said it was not made clear to her where the district transferred money from for this purpose.
 

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July 19, 2012 8:28am
 
Way to go Jennifer! Watch them like a hawk and hold them accountable . We need more patriots like you in Wilson County. Don't give up the fight. Bureaucrats will spend taxpayer dollars with impunity unless you hold their feet ... More ›

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