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School district plans for special-needs students

School district plans for special-needs students
ERIC MORENO Officers of the La Vernia Junior High School Student Council receive recognition Oct. 6 from members of the La Vernia Independent School District board of trustees.

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The La Vernia Independent School District (ISD) board of trustees has voted to approve the hiring of a special education related services counselor for the district. This was part of the board’s Oct. 6 meeting agenda.

Currently, the district has one full-time counselor and a part-time contract employee who serve the district’s special-needs students. The new position will serve students from pre-k through 12th grade.

“The district currently provides counseling as a related service through the use of a contracted professional,” said Dr. Jose Moreno, district superintendent. “Last fiscal year, the district spent about $43,260 for services provided for one to 1-1/2 days per week. If we hire someone full-time, we will have that person here five days a week.”

The starting salary will be around $47,000 annually. The position follows federal mandates; the salary will be paid through federal funds. Discussion included the duties of the current special education counselor.

“I understand that this makes sense for us fiscally,” said Dr. Cody Miller, vice president of the board. “I just want to make sure that [the current counselor’s] duties are understood. I want to make sure that the duties require another full-time position.”

Also during the session, the board approved the purchase of a brand-new 77-person school bus for $94,099 from Longhorn Bus Sales of Houston. The new bus will be added to the district’s fleet during the current school year. The board also approved the purchase of a 2014 Chevrolet Suburban for $34,985 from Caldwell Country Chevrolet in Caldwell to be used for school administrative purposes.

The board also unanimously approved the renewal of a service contract with Unifirst Holdings Inc. to provide and launder uniforms. These are provided for employees in the transportation, nutrition, maintenance, grounds keeping, and custodial departments. The district approved the contract for $27,719.32, down from last year’s contract of $29,753.

Earlier in the session, the board unanimously approved amending the district policies for vacation days for employees.

“We will take each circumstance on a case-by-case basis,” Moreno said. “We just need to make sure that we have the correct language in our policies.”

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