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FISD hires staff from Puerto Rico
Wilson County NewsMay 28, 2014 | 5,964 views | 65 comments
FLORESVILLE -- Citing the increasing demand for bilingual teachers, the Floresville Independent School District (ISD) -- in conjunction with Educational Service Center, Region 13 -- has approved a relocation agreement that would bring three such teachers to the district from Puerto Rico.
Following the May 20 board of trustees meeting, Personnel Director Jacquelyn Baker said the board approved spending $2,000 per teacher, for a total of $6,000, to provide moving assistance to the fully certified bilingual educators. The teachers will be in place at the start of the 2014-15 school year.
Also related to bilingual education, Floresville ISD’s summer school program for students with limited English proficiency is set to begin June 10. The program, which runs from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., from Monday through Thursday until July 3 -- and Monday through Friday during the week of July 7 -- is open to incoming kindergarten and first-grade students.
According to Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Student Services Clay Rosenbaum, state law requires districts operating on a two-semester system to offer such a program for one-half day for eight weeks, for a total of 120 hours, while school is recessed during the summer.
The board also voted to:
•Increase elementary school lunch prices to $2.55 for the upcoming school year. Secondary lunch prices will increase to $2.65
•Use $50,444 in Floresville Middle School fund-raiser money to establish two outdoor classrooms -- a shade canopy, benches, and tables to be installed on concrete slabs
•Purchase 35 classroom sets of TI-Nspire CX graphing calculators for use on the eighth-grade STAAR test at a cost of $55,526. The expenditure, according to Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Mike McSwain, also includes a wireless navigator system that allows projection of the teachers’ and students’ calculators onto a screen.
The board also approved the following personnel changes:
•Resignations of Floresville High School teacher Sara Lyssy, Floresville North Elementary School teacher Debbie Voetberg, and Director of Assessment and Special Programs Jamie Payne
•Hire of Floresville Alternative Education Center teacher Wendy Fuller; Floresville Middle School teachers Jamie Nieschwitz Lee, Brandy Palacios, Heather Daniell, and Courtney Lemley; Floresville North Elementary School teachers Sarah Olmo-Cardona, Carmen Sosa, and Evelyn Delgado Bermudez; and Floresville South Elementary School teacher Brandi Brown.
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