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LVISD approves occupational therapy contract, talks discretionary leave
LA VERNIA -- To enhance services to special-needs students, the La Vernia Independent School District (ISD) trustees have approved a contract for an occupational therapist. This action was taken during the Aug. 20 regular board meeting.
“The students served are identified through the special education guidelines,” said Superintendent Tom Harvey after the meeting. “If a student needs the therapy, it becomes a part of his/her individual education plan (IEP).”
Contracting for these services is not unusual, Harvey said; this function potentially could serve students on all district campuses.
Trustees also discussed the idea of leave reimbursement, something Harvey said many districts have in place. At this time, the La Vernia ISD has no policy regarding reimbursement.
“However, many districts have a policy that reimburses employees for unused leave,” Harvey said. “The idea appears to have support from the trustees. The particulars are being studied and modeled to ensure feasibility.”
The trustees did take action regarding the taking of discretionary leave, defining the scope in which discretionary leave could be taken. Among the details discussed were how many days in a row could be taken, restricting leave in the first and last weeks of school, and limiting the number of employees who could take the same day off.
Harvey said this policy was reviewed by a committee prior to its presentation to the trustees, who had requested a committee review of the policy at a previous meeting.
The agenda also included personnel recommendations. The superintendent said that although the trustees made no personnel decisions, the district does have several new employees for this academic school year.
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