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LVISD board discusses dress code, curriculum




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Nancy Pavlich
Wilson County News
August 14, 2013 | 1,242 views | Post a comment

LA VERNIA -- With the start of a new school year just around the corner, the La Vernia Independent School District board of trustees held a special called meeting Aug. 6 to discuss possible changes for the upcoming school year.

Board members Dr. Cody Miller, Kimi Kravitz, Janette Chall, David Watson, Janice Gimbel, and James Barnett, and Superintendent Tom Harvey heard from La Vernia High School Principal Cheryl Barron concerning a list of possible changes to the students’ dress code.

Barron said she met with a committee of 12 teachers, parents, and students to discuss the dress code. One topic discussed was facial hair for boys. According to Barron, considerable time is spent enforcing the district’s clean-shaven rule. Students deemed noncompliant with the dress code must leave class to shave; this consumes time for students and teachers.

Harvey recommended keeping the current rules regarding facial hair. Barron said that she would like to get more input before any decisions are made.

Also at the meeting, the board discussed curriculum changes to help improve writing test scores. Harvey suggested creating writing portfolios for students in every grade level to keep track of each student’s writing samples throughout their career at La Vernia ISD.

Harvey said a consultant will assist in developing the requirements and aligning them with grade-level Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

“The more you write, the better you write,” Harvey said. “The better you write, the more you like to write.”

A special board meeting and budget workshop were scheduled Aug. 14. The board should have a final budget ready for presentation at the Aug. 26 regular board meeting.
 

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