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School board OKs land purchase

School board OKs land purchase
ERIC MORENO Dr. Cody Miller (left), outgoing La Vernia Independent School District board president, and Dr. Josť Moreno, district superintendent, participate in discussion Sept. 8 during the regular school board meeting.

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The winds of change blew through the La Vernia Independent School District’s board of trustees meeting Sept. 8, with a reorganization of the board. Further change was approved with a proposed land purchase, also on the evening’s agenda.

Among the changes, Dr. Cody Miller stepped down as board president, assuming the position of vice president. Trustee Janice Gimbel stepped in as the new president, effective immediately.

“For the last year and a half, I have been your board president,” Miller said. “And now my kids are a year and a half older and involved in way more things than I can keep up with. That, in addition to things I am working on with my own campus, I think it’s time for me take a step back a little bit.”

Dr. Miller serves as the principal at Sam Rayburn Elementary School in the Harlandale Independent School District in San Antonio.

Also in the reorganization, Kimi Kravitz relinquished her role as vice president. Susan Reinhard, however, retained her position as secretary of the board. The moves were unanimously approved.

Following a closed-session discussion, the board approved the hire of two additional kindergarten teachers.

Also on the agenda and the subject of executive session discussion, the board approved a decision to allow the district superintendent, Dr. Josť H. Moreno, to move forward with plans to purchase 7.25 acres of land located at 15272 U.S. 87 West.

“We really can’t discuss our plans at this time regarding the land,” Moreno said. “The land is being set aside for future use, but we really can’t go into cost or anything like that.”

Also during the meeting, the board members heard a presentation regarding students’ scores for the 2013-14 State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) and End of Course (EOC) testing. Scores for students at each campus throughout the district were above state standards. La Vernia Intermediate School also earned distinction by having top 25 percent student progress, awarded by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) “for outstanding improvement in student progress to a campus if it is ranked in the top 25 percent of campuses” in its campus comparison group.

“The intermediate campus deserves recognition for the hard work that they’ve done,” Miller said. “Earning a distinction is not an easy task and there was a lot of hard work that went into each one of those STAAR scores.”

Moreno echoed Miller’s statements. He also took the opportunity to restate the district’s renewed vigilance toward academics and student attendance. Student attendance is also a statistic that the TEA counts toward its scoring and distinction of districts in the state.

“It is our motto that we are committed to knowing every one of our students by name and by need,” The superintendent said. “Every student in our school district is important and when we begin with that mindset every single morning, that is really what is going to make us head in the right direction.”

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