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School trustees review LVISD improvement plan

School trustees review LVISD improvement plan
GREGORY RIPPS Janice Gimbel, president of the La Vernia Independent School District board of trustees, and Dr. Jose Moreno, district superintendent, review the 2014-15 District Improvement Plan.

The La Vernia Independent School District (ISD) board of trustees heard at its Nov. 3 meeting about a number of innovations the district staff is pursuing to benefit students.

Dr. Diane Fisher, the district’s assistant superintendent, led a review of the 2014-2015 District Improvement Plan.

In the area of advanced academics, Fisher said the district is working with the Alamo Community College District to develop a program that would allow La Vernia High School students to earn college credits and graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree.

She said the district is also partnering with the college district to offer industry-driven programs in aerospace, advanced technology and manufacturing, health professions, information technology, and heavy equipment.

The plan also outlines opportunities for the administrative and teaching staff, among them a summer leadership symposium, a seminar to look closer at the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (the state-mandated standards for students), and “instructionally focused” sessions specifically for principals and central office staff.

Fisher also highlighted the plan’s promotion of parent and community involvement, and keeping schools “safe and secrure,” with emphasis on prevention and management of communicable diseases, and mental health “first aid.”

Scott Laleman, the district’s technical director, addressed the part of the plan dealing with computers. He said the district would move to a hosted e-mail system and move away from data storage. He also wants to make it possible to for students to more easily but safely access the learning tools they need.

“We want to make things easier for students to access things and work at home,” Laleman said.

During the meeting, the board also:

¢Approved committees to recommend adoption of instructional material.

¢Heard a report from Kati Burke, the district’s financial director, on the district’s rating by the Schools First Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas. For 2013-14, the district received a Superior Achievement Rating with a score of 67 out of 70 possible points.

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