Budget workshop, evening classes on agenda for school board

The Victoria school board will begin its regularly scheduled meeting with a budget workshop to answer final questions on the $98 million district budget.

"This is not going to be a final picture of the budget, but this will be the most specific picture of the budget," said Diane Boyett, communications director for the school district.

The budget is slated for adoption Aug. 26.

The board also will approve a program that will offer classes to students at risk of dropping out.

"Because of the flexibility in the time it offers students who previously felt they really had not choice to leave school or their school-going really took a back seat to everything else in their life - this gives them the opportunity to work toward their high school diploma," Boyett said.

The goal of the program is to target students who are unable to attend school during the normal school day and will offer evening classes Monday through Thursday and Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills re-testing during those hours.

The program will help boost the district's completion rate if successful.

The board also will review a list of advanced courses that are exempt from the no-pass no-play University Interscholastic League rule. The no-pass no-play rule states a student must be passing all classes to participate in UIL competitions, however, certain advanced classes can be exempt from the rule.