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New state law may increase graduating class


The La Vernia Independent School District (ISD) is quickly moving to implement a new Texas law that affects this year’s graduating class.

The law, which the governor signed May 11, amends the state’s education code to allow some students to graduate, even if they have failed one or two of their end-of-course assessments.

To determine whether a student qualifies for graduation under the law, school districts must establish individual graduation committees, which also will recommend optional requirements for the student to graduate.

The La Vernia ISD board of trustees formally acknowledged the new law’s mandates at a special May 20 meeting.

“We are collecting scores and reviewing records to identify students who could be impacted,” Superintendent Josť Moreno said after the meeting.

Although the law specifies membership on the individual graduation committees, Moreno explained that committees may vary, according to student needs.

“We have identified the components to form the official committee,” he said. “It’s all in the interest of students, to help them graduate.”

New term for trustees

Trustees also closed the books on the May 9 election. Having received no mail-in ballots within the allotted time, trustees approved the canvass of the vote totals, which remain unchanged since election day, according to Moreno.

After newly elected trustee Dr. David W. Cribb and re-elected trustees Janice Gimbel and James Barnett took their oath of office, trustees elected officers for the new term.

Trustees re-elected Gimbel as president, Dr. Cody Miller as vice president, and Susan Reinhard as secretary.

In other action, trustees:

¢Recognized outgoing trustee David Watson for his 13 years of service as a board member

¢Requested modification to a memorandum of understanding between the school district and the newly organized La Vernia Educational Foundation

¢Discussed advantages of city annexation of district property just north of La Vernia on C.R. 1346. Moreno said a demographic study, to be presented to the board June 1, will help determine the best use of the 89 acres.

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