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January 23, 2013 | 2,248 views | 27 comments

FLORESVILLE -- Still reeling from the state Legislature’s massive school-funding cuts in 2011, the Floresville Independent School District (ISD) board has spoken out by passing a resolution against school vouchers Jan. 15 (see PDF download of resolution below).

The idea behind school vouchers involves redirecting the per-child cost of education at a public school to parents, who will use those funds to finance their child’s education elsewhere.

“Please understand that we believe every child, parent, and taxpayer of Floresville should have a choice of where to place their child and monies,” said Floresville ISD Superintendent Jerry Lee Hunkapiller after the meeting. “What we are against is a mechanism that will take money from Floresville ISD and place it in someone else’s care that is not held to the same standards. To give a voucher to a private school that does not include having to meet the same state testing and accountability system as FISD is complete hypocrisy.”

He continued, “We must all understand private schools are able to choose their parents and kids. FISD is proud to provide character, knowledge, and confidence to all children. The community of Floresville expects nothing less.”

Also during the meeting, the board discussed reorganization, deciding to retain its current slate of officers:

•Ryan Bippert, president

•John Raabe, vice president

•Neysa Choate, secretary

•Rachel Peña, treasurer.

In other business, the board tabled items related to the district’s 2011-12 financial audit. Kim Cathey, the superintendent’s secretary, said after the meeting that the audit report had not been completed and that a special meeting to review the document was set for Monday, Jan. 21.
 

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PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
January 27, 2013 5:32am
 
When speaking about money, one should always consider the inflation factor to get a true perspective on the true dollar value being expended compared to the past. For example, $9000.00 in 2012 had dollar value equal to $6750.00 ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
January 26, 2013 3:17pm
 
ALVIN, ALVIN!!!! I think that the annual minimum wage is a bit over 15 thousand. Just nitpicking in the interest of facts. Sorry to spoil your narrative. I have never understood why they hire educators to run large ... More ›

 
Alvin Charmaine  
January 26, 2013 12:38pm
 
They spend like $9,000 per student. Thats a minimum wage salary for a year. This is a ridiculous amount of money to piss away. In todays society you can mostly do as good a job educating virtually, online. This is a bloated inefficient ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
January 26, 2013 9:36am
 
Puzzled......Interesting that you do not include teachers and administrators as factors that differ from outstanding districts to average districts. If you are satisfied with average performance, then no improvement will ... More ›

 
Puzzled  
Wilson Co.  
January 26, 2013 8:18am
 
Prairie, I am not your research assistant. You can get all of the data you want on the website of the Texas Education Agency. I assume that is where Alvin got his data; I hope he didn't just make it up to make a point. The ... More ›

 
Alvin Charmaine  
January 26, 2013 7:26am
 
Floresville is average in academics Above average in spending per student Below average in spending on instruction per student Above average (by two times) in spendnig on administration oer student. Your super is spender. ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
January 25, 2013 12:57pm
 
Puzzled......Since you project the image as being informed on the local system, maybe you can answer my two previous questions. l. What is the ratio of FISD employees to students ? 2. What is the state rankings of the ... More ›

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
January 25, 2013 12:34pm
 
Lets see puzzled, isnt that an anonymous name? Look Im not saying we need to cut the entier programs, Im simply suggesting that everyone across the board from athletics, band, ROTC, Ag etc need to makes a few cut back in order ... More ›

 
Puzzled  
Wilson Co.  
January 25, 2013 12:23pm
 
Spec ops: I am sure that the parents of the band members would disagree with you...and they are tax payers also. The folks who like athletics think we should cut the band budget; the folks who like the band think we should ... More ›

 
Spec Ops  
Wilson  
January 24, 2013 2:13pm
 
Puzzled can you enlighten us then, if you know the state laws?? Since we dont know anything, maybe you can educate us then. I happen to work for the district and can see from the inside that we have to make some serious changes ... More ›

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