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Board expands AVID to upper grades
FLORESVILLE -- A program geared toward preparing students for college through motivation and by teaching note-taking, study, and organizational skills will be offered to Floresville High School students beginning in the 2014-15 school year. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Clay Rosenbaum said after the March 18 board of trustees meeting that the board approved expansion of the district’s successful AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program. AVID has seen prior success among students in Floresville Middle School.
The board approved another change at Floresville High School related to the Business Information Management I class. Rosenbaum said the course currently is required for freshman students.
“In an effort to provide students with more flexibility as they complete graduation requirements under House Bill 5, the administration asked the board to remove the mandatory requirement for freshmen and allow students to decide when it best fits into their schedule,” he said. “The course will still be required for all students.”
In other business, the board:
•Voted to increase the district’s contribution to employee health-insurance costs, which involves the allocation of an additional $70,000 per year.
•Approved an interlocal and cooperative purchasing program contract with the Harris County Department of Education.
•Voted to hire Max Calhoun as a district technician, Terri Garrard as a paraprofessional for Floresville South Elementary School, and Nicasio Montez to work in the maintenance department.
•Accepted the resignations of Floresville South Elementary School paraprofessional Jacqueline Perez and Floresville Middle School teacher Christina Vackar, and the retirement of Floresville High School teacher Sylvanne M. Brooks.
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