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Trustees discuss election issues

Trustees discuss election issues
Legal counsel Katy Payne (standing) presents information on Senate Bill 100, the federal MOVE (Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment) Act, to Dr. Tom Harvey, superintendent of the La Vernia Independent School District, and members of the school board during their Nov. 14 meeting.

LA VERNIA -- The La Vernia Independent School District (ISD) is contemplating the impact of Senate Bill (SB) 100. Texas law must comply with federal law, and SB 100 could change election dates for school board trustee elections.

The La Vernia ISD board heard a presentation by Katy Payne, a legal representative for the district, during the Nov. 14 board meeting, which highlighted some details of SB 100.

The bill aims to make voting easier and more timely for military personnel and other U.S. citizens living and/or deployed overseas. This, in turn, can change the timetable and structure of trustee elections.

According to SB 100, ballots must be mailed or e-mailed to military and overseas voters at least 45 days prior to the election, which will change the deadlines to order elections and for candidates to file applications for a place on the ballot.

Political subdivisions, such as cities and schools, may change election dates and length of trustee terms, but are not necessarily required to do so.

To change the length of terms for trustees, a school district is permitted to adopt a resolution no later than Dec. 31, 2011. The resolution must provide for staggered terms of three or four years, and would go into effect at the district’s first regular election held after Jan. 1, 2012, if such a change is decided. More information will be forthcoming, trustees were told.

Trustees also discussed the district improvement plan. Dr. Diane Fisher, assistant superintendent, addressed areas such as advanced academics, career technology education, core academics, parent/community involvement, recruiting and retaining highly qualified staff, safe and secure schools, and technology integration.

The plan is meant to enhance performance objectives and the school district’s goals to improve student performance and maintain fiscal responsibility.

In other matters, trustees:

¢Approved Texas Association of School Boards Policy Update 91

¢Followed the city’s recommendation in nominating Theo “Sonny” Gerlich to represent the district on the Wilson County Appraisal District board.

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