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Floresville ISD to start full-day pre-kindergarten in fall
Eighth-grade students (l-r) Richard Spencer, Payton Meuth, Alyssa Valdez, Jada Morrison, and Jason Mitchell of Floresville Middle School’s AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program give a presentation Feb. 18 to the Floresville Independent School District’s board of trustees. The program prepares students for college through motivation and by teaching note-taking, study, and organizational skills.
FLORESVILLE -- Half-day pre-kindergarten soon will be a thing of the past here. Beginning with the start of the 2014-15 school year, the Floresville Independent School District (ISD) will offer a full-day program, following a unanimous vote by the district’s board of trustees at its Feb. 18 meeting.
Interim Superintendent Sherri Bays said the district’s elementary school teachers have identified the need for an expanded pre-kindergarten program. She also said that students who were enrolled in such programs tend to perform better in later grades. Bays said a feasibility study concluded that the change can be implemented at no additional cost to the district.
Another change for the next school year involves Floresville High School athletic training curriculum. The board approved replacing the second through fourth years of athletic training with Sports Medicine I, II, and III, which Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Clay Rosenbaum said will count for state credit.
Changes also have been approved for the kitchen in the Floresville South Elementary School cafeteria, as the board voted to award a $743,000 construction contract to The Econ Group. Assistant Superintendent for Finance Mike McSwain recommended the acceptance of Econ’s proposal over the other five presented. Each was reviewed by a committee including Maintenance Director Charles Bump, architect Kerry Andrews, and McSwain.
In other business, the board convened in closed session to discuss various personnel items. When they reconvened in open session, they approved administrators’ contracts and made the following personnel changes:
•Accepted the resignations of Heidi Albright, Sharon Summers, Patrice Christian, and Mary Elizabeth Reyes, effective in June. The four are teachers in the district’s visually impaired cooperative, which was dissolved last month.
•Hired Juan Diaz, who will teach in the Floresville Middle School.
In attendance: Board members Rachel Peña, Neysa Choate, Nancy Jurgajtis, Kenneth Leonhardt, Steve Ibrom, and Bill Meuth; Interim Superintendent Sherri Bays, Assistant Superintendent for Finance Mike McSwain, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Clay Rosenbaum, Superintendent’s Secretary Kim Cathey, Transportation Supervisor Steven “Beaver” Wallace, Director of Maintenance Charles Bump, Personnel Director Jacquelyn Baker, Floresville Alternative Education Center Principal Bud Box, High School Assistant Principal Marcia Gonzales, Middle School Principal Sara Mann, North Elementary School Principal Mike Schroller, and South Elementary School Principal Shelley Keck.
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