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La Vernia ISD considers educational foundation


La Vernia Independent School District (ISD) officials and trustees continue to address a good problem, one that’s plaguing the La Vernia area in general ...population growth.

To this end, the district trustees heard several presentations and discussed a number of issues during a Jan. 5 special meeting and workshop. Among the topics were a traffic study and Internet infrastructure. Also presented Monday night to the board by Foundation Innovation consultants was information about a proposed educational foundation.

The foundation, according to Dr. Jose Moreno, district superintendent after the meeting, will have an emphasis on grants and scholarships through fund-raising. Teachers will be able to apply to the foundation board for grants to implement innovative programs, ideas, or materials in the classroom. Consultants will guide the district over the course of nine to 12 months in establishing the foundation and getting it running, he said.

No action was taken, as the meeting was a workshop; the matter will be presented for any board action to the trustees during a regular meeting.

Also discussed was a traffic study conducted on behalf of the city of La Vernia, Moreno said. A consultant has proposed additional pathways to provide access to U.S. 87 from the district property, which faces both F.M. 775 and F.M. 1346. A connection behind the Silverado Hills subdivision is being considered.

With a growing student population and continuing increased use and application of technology in the La Vernia ISD, the trustees also reviewed Internet needs and the possibility of issuing requests for proposals (RFP) from providers. The district is currently served by Verizon, but is looking to improve speed and connectivity, Moreno said.

“As La Vernia is growing, there are other entities we can look at,” the superintendent said. “We want our infrastructure to be supported and want to start planning now to get the best deal.”

Finances of another type also received board attention, as they reviewed the makeup of the district athletic department and proposed stipends for the department’s staff. Information was presented related to the additional coaching components undertaken by the various athletic staff members, Moreno said. This will be presented to the board for possible action during a regular meeting.

“We already determined the need last summer,” Moreno said. “We’ll start recruiting in the spring. This helps us finalize the budget and finances.”

Recruitment also was related to further board discussion, that of the Texas Association of School Boards undertaking a staffing study for the district.

“TASB will do an audit and help us with long-term planning,” Moreno said. “As we’re growing, we want to be sure we’re as efficient as possible.”

Trustees also discussed the proposed purchase of a small truck for use by the district’s maintenance/custodial staff.

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