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LVISD seeks community input for facility planning

 
LVISD seeks community input for facility planning
JEANNIE WINTER — This building on the La Vernia Junior High School campus is the oldest school district building in La Vernia, circa 1930. The district is addressing growth and needs, and invites the community’s help in long-range planning for facilities.

The La Vernia Independent School District is seeking the public’s opinion concerning its facility needs. The district has partnered with an independent polling firm to help gauge what voters think about the district and potential issues being considered.

“Last fall, at the Board of Trustees’ direction, we formed a Long Range Planning Committee consisting of a broad cross-section of our community to evaluate and prioritize the current and future needs of the district,” said Dr. Jose Moreno, district superintendent. “The committee will soon present a recommendation to the Board as to how to proceed with a long-range plan and the possible need for a bond election.”

Members of the community are encouraged to complete a brief, but important survey by visiting http://svy.mk/1K5LqRD. The survey is completely anonymous.

Some community members have expressed concern about the possibility of the oldest school district building -- currently part of the La Vernia Junior High School campus --being affected by potential development to accommodate growth.

La Vernia Historical Association President Elaine M. Stephens has spoken with district officials regarding this, and cautions against jumping to conclusions.

“Please understand the possibility of demolishing the 1930s LVISD school building is not set in stone, but public comment and individual voices will sway the decision,” Stephens said in a Facebook post, shared with the La Vernia News. “... Personally I encouraged the architects to creatively incorporate the architectural heritage of the community’s historic school building into a plan for needed classrooms. La Vernia has precious little architectural heritage, which will hopefully be preserved.”

She and the district administration encourage community members to complete the survey.

Stephens also encourages dialogue

“Please direct your respectful, valuable, and important opinions to the LVISD administration, to assure your comments are heard.”

Survey deadline is Friday, Jan. 29.

 
 
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