The La Vernia Independent School District Board of Trustees is holding a special school board meeting on this evening, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of La Vernia High School (Building 100). The community has been rattled with the arrests of 13 students in the past month who were charged in a sex scandal involving the boy’s athletic program. Six adult students and seven juvenile classmates have been charged. This will be the first open meeting for the public since they met on April 3, 2017.
After the Call to Order and determination of a quorum, the Board will vote on Consenting Agenda approval motions. During a Closed Session the Board will discuss the Texas Government Code regarding consulting with attorney, school children and employees; disciplinary action or complaint, personally identifiable information about public school student, investigation; exclusion of witness from hearing.
They will also “Consider Expulsion Appeal Hearings of K.H., Z.S., P.B., and R.P. Including Consultation with Legal Counsel in Regards to Same.” They will also have “Deliberation regarding contract renewal for certified educators, non-certified personnel, and administrators.”
The Board intends to hold an Open Session with the right to “convene into Closed Session at any time they deem necessary.” During this Open Session the planned agenda is “Action Regarding Expulsion Appeal Hearings of K.H., Z.S., P.B., and R.P. and Action Regarding contract renewal for certified educators, non-certified personnel, and administrators.”
According to the April 21, 2017 posted agenda, the meeting will then announcements, board member requests to the Superintendent, requests for items to be added to future board meetings and the adjournment.
It is not clear if the Board intends to include a Public Forum opportunity in this meeting. The canned introduction script for the LVISD Public Forum Procedure follows:
“This is the time when we allow citizens to address the Board. Please feel free to submit to the board any documents relating to your topic that you believe may be helpful in understanding your topic.
We do not normally address your concerns tonight, and may ask the administration to address your concerns and provide you an appropriate response. We may also respond by informing you of specific factual information relating to your topic, or recite to you existing policy concerning your topic.
If your topic involves a personnel matter or a student matter, or if you contend that your legal rights have been violated or board policy not followed, we have specific grievance procedures for these matters, and now is not the appropriate time to discuss such matters. As a result, if you begin talking about one of these topics, you will be asked to stop speaking and directed to the appropriate grievance policy.
We respectfully ask that you refrain from making personal attacks or rude or slanderous remarks or becoming boisterous. Speakers are asked to express themselves in a civil manner, with due respect for the dignity and privacy of others who may be affected by your comments. While it is not our intent to stifle public comment, speakers should be aware that if your statements violate the rights of others under the law of defamation or invasion of privacy, you may be held legally responsible. If you are unsure of the legal ramifications of what you are about to say, we urge you to consult first with your legal adviser. We also will not tolerate disruptions of the meeting by members of the audience; if, after at least one warning from me, any person continues to disrupt the meeting by his or her words or actions, I will recess the meeting and request assistance from law enforcement officials to have the disruptive person removed from the meeting.
Under Board policy BED (LOCAL), no presentation may exceed 3 minutes; I will let you know when you have 1 minute remaining, and when you have 30 seconds remaining. In addition, if more than 5 persons wish to speak on a particular topic, you will be required to appoint one person to present your views to the Board.
We will now proceed with the open forum public participation portion of tonight’s agenda.”