The La Vernia Independent School District is on its way to a massive overhaul of its communications network.
The district’s trustees approved an expenditure of $461,378 for the project at its March 7 meeting.
District Technology Director Scott Laleman made the request in a presentation outlining the upgrade. He said the district could expect 60 percent reimbursement from E-rate -- the common name for the Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program, which helps eligible schools with telecommunications and Internet access.
“We can overhaul the entire network at one time,” Laleman said, explaining that although E-rate provides reimbursement in five-year cycles, the district can use all the funding “up front.”
Laleman said the network upgrade will not depend upon the passage of the district’s proposed $33.2-million bond package. Read about the bond, page 4.
“We’re not counting on bond money,” he said, but added that he was taking bond-financed construction into consideration in plans for the upgrade.
District Superintendent José Moreno added that trustees’ approval of the network upgrade allows work on the project to begin this summer.
In other action, trustees:
•Approved joining the Nixon-Smiley Consolidated Independent School District Disciplinary Alternative Education Program Co-Op, pending a memorandum of understanding
•Reviewed updates to the district’s Future Ready Plan
•Named district Chief Financial Officer Leroy Vidales as an investment officer for the district, in addition to Moreno.