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LVISD approves improvement plan

LVISD approves improvement plan
Dr. Diane Fisher, La Vernia Independent School District assistant superintendent, presents a draft of the 2015-16 District Improvement Plan at the Oct. 5 meeting of the district’s trustees.

La Vernia Independent School District trustees approved a draft of the 2015-16 District Improvement Plan at their Oct. 5 meeting, with changes offered by trustee James Barnett.

District assistant superintendent Dr. Diane Fisher outlined the plan, focusing on changes or innovations in each of the areas it addresses.

Included in the many proposed initiatives, the district will:

¢Prepare ninth-graders for a new Scholastic Assessment Test by having them take the new Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test

¢Continue partnering with Alamo Community Colleges to offer industry-driven programs and to qualify more district teachers to conduct classes in technology and criminology

¢Continue to provide up-to-date training for staff regarding sexual harassment, bullying, prevention and management of communicable diseases, mental health, and child abuse

¢Update computer technology to provide students and staff with increased options for single sign-on and increase bandwidth to accommodate “cloud-based” functions.

Custodial supervisor

Trustees also approved more pay for the person to be hired as the district’s custodial supervisor.

Trustees decided to increase the custodial supervisor’s annual salary by $4,000, after considering a stipend of the same amount.

The position was approved at an earlier meeting. The district will stop designating lead custodians at each of its four campuses. Each lead custodian received a $2,400 stipend in addition to salary.

The new position will be primarily responsible for custodial supplies at the district campuses.

“Inventory control is one of the biggest concerns we have,” district operations director Ernest Paloma said. Noting that three lead custodians “stepped away” from the additional responsibility, he said he wanted someone committed to the job.

Hiring an architect

In other action, trustees went into a closed-door session to discuss the procedures for selecting an architect to offer recommendations for the district’s future facility needs.

They emerged from the session to approve the list of questions they will ask each of the six competing architectural firms at a special meeting later in the week.

District Improvement Plan

The La Vernia School District’s 2015-16 District Improvement Plan addresses:

¢Advanced academics, which comprises “gifted and talented” programs

¢Career technology education

¢Core academics

¢Leadership development

¢Parent and community involvement

¢Recruiting and retaining highly qualified staff

¢Safe and secure schools

¢Technology integration

¢Migrant education.

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