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Stipends stump La Vernia school board trustees
Linda Bettin, La Vernia ISD interim superintendent
WCN CorrespondentMarch 12, 2014 3,639 views 3 comments
The subject of extracurricular stipends stirred up the most discussion at the March 3 meeting of the La Vernia Independent School District board of trustees.
During the meeting at La Vernia High School, the board managed most agenda items in short order, but a slide presented by Interim Superintendent Linda Bettin, showing only a list of positions for people employed by the district and the amounts of stipends paid to these positions, raised questions. Positions ranged from department heads to coaches and librarians, and stipend amounts ranged from $100 to $3,500. These stipends have been paid in addition to salaries.
“What are these stipends for?” asked James Barnett, voicing what his fellow board members also were asking. “I want to know who we are paying ... for what?”
Bettin explained that she was asked only to provide the list, and that the stipends were already in place when she joined the district last year.
Dr. Cody Miller asked for clarification.
Bettin agreed to obtain and provide more information in the future.
Also discussed was a proposal to create an additional special education paraprofessional for the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities. The number of children in the program now stands at 50, with a current staff of two special education teachers and two assistants.
Board members raised the possibilities of creating a third special education teacher position or hiring a substitute. Staff members responded that a permanent position was preferable to a substitute, but hiring a special education teacher this time of year might be difficult.
The board approved this unanimously.
The board withdrew into executive session for nearly 90 minutes, to consider the renewal of contracts for the assistant superintendent, principals, and directors. Reconvening in open session, all contracts were approved unanimously.
Also receiving unanimous board approval were:
•An agreement with Purchasing Solutions Alliance, a purchasing cooperative for public agencies
•Board operating procedures
•Amending the contract with DuPriest Clinical Services to pay $37,380 for children’s counseling for the 2013-14 school year, up from $24,000
•Discontinuing services with the Floresville Visually Impaired Co-Op
•A donation of $200 to the La Vernia Primary School library for the purchase of a book series.
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