La Vernia ISD approves technology purchase for junior high teachers

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[Video below] The La Vernia Independent School District took another step towards technology improvements at the April 11 school board meeting by approving the purchase of new teacher devices from CDW-G.

Director of Technology Betsy Flood presented the first part of the district’s technology deployment plan for the junior high school teachers, which includes the purchase of 50 Microsoft Surface devices, as well as keyboards, Surface pens, and docking stations. The new devices will allow teachers to connect wirelessly while using a projector or interactive flat panel for classroom viewing, as well as providing updated demonstration and markup tools.

“When we began looking at what to provide for the junior high, we wanted to look at what type of device we could use that would advance technology for the district, as well as be useful … for instructional purposes,” Flood said.

Board members voted unanimously to appove the purchase for $99,754.50.

In other business, the board:

•Approved a revised compensation plan for 2022-23, to include a pay rate for teachers, registered nurses, librarians, and special education campus coordinators with 30 years or more experience; board members approved the Option 1 plan, which has a step increase of $650 for every year of experience beyond 35, along with the general pay increase

•Approved a donation of $72,195 from the La Vernia Education Foundation to district teachers to promote innovation in teaching, plus an additional $3,000 dedicated to the Primary Art, High School Culinary, and High School Ag departments

•Approved a Missed School Day Waiver for the intermediate campus on April 1, when power to the campus was lost due to an electrical surge

•Heard spring benchmark assessment reports from intermediate Principal Brandi Hanselka, Director of Curriculum and Professional Learning Dana Grubb, and high school Principal Tony Kosub.