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Trustees adopt election changes

Trustees adopt election changes
BAIN SERNA La Vernia Independent School District trustees discuss changes to trustee elections related to Senate Bill 100 during the Dec. 12 school board meeting.

After contemplating the impact of Senate Bill (SB) 100 and how Texas law must comply with federal law, the La Vernia Independent School District (ISD) board of trustees has reviewed again the details of what changes compliance to SB 100 might bring to the voting times and procedures of the school district; this was addresssed during the Dec. 12 La Vernia ISD board meeting.

SB 100, the federal MOVE (Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment) Act, is designed to make voting easier and more efficient for U.S. citizens and military personnel who live or are deployed overseas. This, in turn, can change the timetables and structure of elections stateside and at the local level.

After careful consideration and review, the board voted unanimously to “approve the resolution of the board of trustees of the La Vernia ISD regarding changes to trustee terms, and transition to bi-annual elections in May of odd-numbered years,” according to the proposal.

“The trustees voted to hold school board elections in May of odd-numbered years,” said the district’s superintendent, Dr. Tom Harvey, after the meeting. “This required the restructuring of current La Vernia ISD election processes and will ultimately result in four-year terms for trustees. Four positions will be elected in May of 2013 and three positions will be elected in May of 2015. The school district attorneys have assisted with the process and will assist with the appropriate filing of paperwork.”

Trustees also discussed at length whether or not to join more than 180 other Texas public schools, taxpayers, and parents in the Texas Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition in litigation against the state of Texas regarding fair and equal funding for all Texas school districts. Commonly referred to as the Equity Center/District Litigation suit, its purpose is to unite and speak with one voice in public school finance matters essential to the fair treatment of Texas taxpayers and public schoolchildren.

Currently, many deem the method of public education funding by the state of Texas outdated, unfair, and inadequate. The lawsuit aims to compel the state to create education funding that is fair, balanced, equitable, adequate, and sensible to all public school districts.

“Current funding formulas arbitrarily award funding to districts with no regard to appropriate funding,” Harvey said. “There remains a huge disparity in the amount of per pupil funding awarded to districts across the state. La Vernia ISD is concerned about the equity and adequacy of funding provided by the state of Texas.”

The board voted 5-2 to join the lawsuit. La Vernia joins districts in Poth, Stockdale, and Floresville in this matter.

In other matters, trustees:

¢Heard a presentation by La Vernia Primary School Principal Sherry Boos regarding the ongoing efforts to maintain fun and creative ways for students to learn and be rewarded and recognized for their achievements in academics and attendance.

¢Heard a presentation by Intermediate School Principal Scott Cales regarding campus improvement plans. He discussed issues such as advanced academics, participation in UIL competitions, core academics, and TAKS test results, among others.

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