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Trustees OK dual-language program
La Vernia’s board of trustees has approved the addition of two staff members at La Vernia Primary School, to form the basis for a dual-language program.
This followed a request by new La Vernia Independent School District (ISD) superintendent, Dr. Jose Moreno.
Trustees, during a May 15 special meeting, approved adding a bilingual teacher and bilingual assistant for a new pre-kindergarten class.
Moreno’s intent is to create a new class, which will serve as a starting point for a dual-language program for the district. More details will be provided at a future date about enrollment options.
According to Dr. Cody Miller, the board’s president, the plan is to enroll a mix of Spanish-speaking students and English-speaking students with a bilingual teacher who will help both groups learn the other language. Ideally, Miller said, students will stay in this model throughout the elementary school years and will leave elementary school fluently reading, writing, and speaking both Spanish and English.
“We believe this is a tremendous opportunity for our students,” Miller said. “Many successful programs have been offered to students throughout San Antonio and other areas for many years. We will build upon their success in creating the program here in La Vernia.”
Also during the meeting, Moreno offered the trustees some good news.
In a budget update he presented, the superintendent said he anticipates a budget surplus for next year of approximately $600,000, based on current staffing and enrollment.
Also related to district finances, the trustees approved a change in the district’s fiscal year. Currently the fiscal year begins Sept. 1 and ends Aug. 31. Beginning with the 2015-16 academic year, the district’s fiscal year will begin July 1, aligning the district’s budget with the school year calendar.
In other matters, the trustees approved the appointment of Kim Martin as the principal of La Vernia High School, replacing Cheryl Barron, who joined the central administration staff after spring break. Martin has been an assistant principal at the high school and recently served as the interim principal.
Barron currently is responsible for human resources, previously handled by Dr. Diane Fischer, the assistant superintendent, and assessment, previously the responsibility of District Math and Science Coordinator Dana Grubb.
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