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YMCA proposes La Vernia ISD after-school program




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June 11, 2014 | 1,856 views | Post a comment

A proposal from the YMCA to provide after-school care in the La Vernia Independent School District (ISD) has the community buzzing.

The proposal drew much discussion during the June 2 meeting of the district’s trustees and on community Facebook posts afterward, but the board stopped short of finalizing the proposal.

Board members asked district superintendent Dr. Jose Moreno to pursue discussion with the local YMCA on a memorandum of understanding for after-school care, but also to obtain more information. Dr. Cody Miller, board president, said determining the charges for the program would be difficult, without knowing the number of students who would participate and employees required.

Moreno noted that the YMCA would use district facilities, but that parents would pay fees to the YMCA for after-school care, working as an outside entity in partnership with the school district. Interested community members can complete an online survey at http://svy.mk/1kzZqo3. Paper copies are available at La Vernia City Hall or the La Vernia ISD offices for those without Internet access.

In other matters, district Human Relations Coordinator Cheryl Barron presented a proposal to give step increases in salaries to all employees except administrators (directors). New employees would start at “step zero,” she said.

Miller asked for more research prior to a board decision.

Barron also offered a proposal to change calendar days for support employees, which was approved by the board. Maintenance workers, who have 260 contract days, will receive six paid holidays and six paid vacation days; custodial workers’ days will increase from 226 to 240 days; and transportation workers will be paid for four hours instead of three.

In other business, Shannon Burns, special programs coordinator, reported on the preliminary results of the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR). The district has been in phase 1 under the state’s passing standards since the 2011-12 school year; it will enter phase 2 during the upcoming school year. In all instances she presented, the district’s grades compare favorably with the statewide average.

“Our next steps are to identify strengths and areas of challenge, provide appropriate professional development, and evaluate the effectiveness of current interventions,” Burns said.

Dr. Diane Fisher, assistant superintendent for curriculum, reviewed graduation credit requirements mandated by state legislation in House Bill (HB) 5. The trustees approved her proposal for students to earn an additional credit, comprising a half-credit in speech and a half-credit in health.

The board also approved:

•Continuing to contract with The Brokerage Store for medical insurance during official sports events and UIL activities. This year’s total premium will cost the district $29,960, compared to $25,650 this past school year. Parents may purchase additional accident insurance through this contractor.

•Extending to three years the district’s workers compensation insurance contract with Workers Comp Solutions, at a cost of $86,218.82 a year, compared to $95,813.24 for this year only.

•A new contract for printing and copying, for an estimated cost savings of $49,782.12 a year.

The board adjourned for approximately 30 minutes in closed session, reconvening to vote unanimously to hire three professional positions, and separately to authorize the superintendent to hire for additional positions until the July board meeting.

Also in attendance: Trustees Janette Chall, James Barnett, Kimi Krawitz, Susan Reinhard, David Watson, and Janice Gimbel; and Superintendent’s Secretary Diane Marsh.
 

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