La Vernia School District Board calls ‘Special’ meeting for public hearing

La Vernia High School

Proposed 2017-2018 budget tops the agenda.

Will property taxes go up?

A “Special Called Meeting” has been announced by the La Vernia Independent School District that will be of particular interest to residents of the city and community on Tuesday, June 28, 2017, 6 p.m. at the high school.

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The LVISD Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on their proposed 2017-2018 budget in Building 500 at 225 Bluebonnet Road in La Vernia. Decisions made could affect property taxes. In 2016, property taxes increased 6.1 percent from 2015. Revenue generated was $12,605,206 versus $11,880,070.

Differences from actual 2016-2017 budget versus proposed 2017-2018 budget at cost per student:

Major Categories 2016-2017

Actual cost per student

2017-2018

Proposed cost per student

Instruction $4,331 $4,911
Instructional Support $1,251 $1,316
Central Admin $363 $388
District Ops $2,063 $2,015
Debt Service $1,037 $955
Other $122 $120

 

Actual budgets in dollars:

Major Categories 2016-2017 2017-2018
Instruction $14,179,712 $15,961,051
Instructional Support $4,004,608 $4,275,657
Central Admin $1,160,779 $1,261,086
District Ops $6,601,133 $6,549,135
Debt Service $3,316,903 $3,102,292
Other $390,442 $390,000

 

In the Instructional Support category, School Leadership is budgeted at $1,440,450 in 2016-17, but the proposed budget decreases to $1,384,414 in 2017-18. However, Co-curricular/ Extracurricular Activities increases from $856,191 to $1,086,216.

The accounting firm of Armstrong, Vaughan & Associates, P.C. released results of their audit on the school district on November 2, 2016. LVISD had good results.

“We did not identify any deficiencies…”

“In our opinion, La Vernia Independent School District complied, in all material respects, with the compliance requirements referred to above that could have a direct and material effect on each of its major federal programs for the year ended June 30, 2016,” the audit stated. “…We did not identify any deficiencies in internal control over compliance that we consider to be material weaknesses.”

The Board conducted a Special Meeting on June 22, 2017, including a workshop about the proposed budget.

Three incumbent members of the La Vernia Independent School Board lost their seats during a May 6, 2017 local election after the high school boy’s athletic sexual assault and hazing scandal of recent months.

Texas Rangers continue their investigations into the alleged sexual assaults involving students from the high school, located about 30 minutes southeast of San Antonio, Texas.

According to Superintendent Dr. Jose Morales, the district is conducting an internal investigation to determine whether any staff had knowledge of the alleged assaults or violated school policies, including reporting requirements. The district also hired a campus police officer to patrol the high school and instituted a new private hotline where students can report misconduct. Dr. Morales said any alleged violations will be judged by the Teachers Code of Ethics, school board policy and district regulations.

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