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School board prepares for new tax, budget year


Despite being only a few weeks into the new year, the La Vernia Independent School District board of trustees is already taking steps toward its budget goals and tax planning for the coming academic year.

During a Jan. 21 special meeting, the agenda addressed several budgeting items, as well as personnel matters.

The trustees will hold public hearings and meetings to discuss the 2015-16 budget and district tax rate on Aug. 24. The new budget will take effect July 1.

“It’s a lot of work right now to make sure that everything comes into place the correct way,” said Dr. Josť Moreno, district superintendent. “Once [our] principals know the budget, they’ll be able to start planning forward and that’s going to give us a head start.”

In other business, the board tabled further discussion and possible action regarding a demographic study of the district, pending meetings with additional vendors.

“I just want to make sure we are getting the best deal that we can,” Moreno said.

Trustees approved an amendment to move funds budgeted for maintenance to use for staff resources. Trustees heard that each campus has a budget for maintenance and repairs. A substantial amount was initially earmarked for this, but it was determined that it could be best put to use elsewhere.

“At the middle school, they had some funding in their maintenance budget that they are not going to need at this point,” said Moreno. “We would like to use it for additional resources.”

An extensive executive session also was held during the meeting to discuss the superintendent’s evaluation and other personnel matters.

Upon reconvening into regular session, the board unanimously approved the hiring of a new director of human resources; details will be made available at a later date. No action was taken on Moreno’s evaluation, which is ongoing, according to Superintendent’s Secretary Diane Marsh after the meeting.

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