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Trustees consider split bell schedule
Older students in the La Vernia Independent School District (ISD) may start school later.
Trustees discussed the merits of a split bell schedule, along with the calendar for the 2014-15 academic year, among other items, during their April 7 regular meeting.
School start times were a topic of discussion with Interim Superintendent Linda Bettin, said board President Cody Miller following the meeting.
“Ms. Bettin is looking at splitting the start times, as research has shown that older kids do better when they start classes later,” Dr. Miller said.
He said he’d also asked the district’s administration to look into establishing an after-school program for students whose parents work in San Antonio or elsewhere outside the area, perhaps partnering with another organization to make this possible. Miller cited that in many Bexar County districts where the older students start and finish later, the districts offer an affordable after-care program for younger children.
School for students in the La Vernia Independent School District will begin Aug. 25 and end June 4, 2015, for the 2014-15 academic year, following approval of the calendar by trustees during the meeting.
The calendar includes a winter break from Dec. 22 through Jan. 2, and spring break March 9-13.
Also approved by the board were interlocal agreements with the Floresville Alternative Education Center. The new agreement adds two seats for La Vernia students. Miller said all participating districts had seats added for the coming school year. La Vernia also added services for its special education students who may attend the program.
“Before, this was an additional cost,” Miller said. “Now it’s part of the contract. This makes it easier for La Vernia to budget for.”
Serving lines in two district cafeterias will get repaired or renovated this summer, another item approved by the school board. Both are in “pretty bad shape,” Miller said, with water lines that aren’t functioning and staff having to carry water to the serve lines in buckets.
The board approved repairs/renovations at a cost of $300,000. Half the cost will be met from the general fund, with the other half coming from the child nutrition budget. The work will be completed in time for the start of school in August, Miller said.
The district’s trustees also approved renewing contracts of professional staff as presented by the interim superintendent. This included “nearly all” the district’s professionals, Miller said.
The board met again April 9 for a special meeting to name the lone finalist for the superintendent’s position. See story on this page.
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