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VISD school board elects officers, reflects on successful year

By KBell
May 19, 2011 at 12:19 a.m.


IN OTHER ACTIONIncumbents Kevin VanHook, Lou Svetlik and Tami Keeling (who ran unopposed) were sworn into office after winning the Saturday school board elections.

Students and staff at Juan Linn Elementary School will move to the remodeled Crain Middle School Campus next school year. The school board approved the new Crain Elementary School colors and mascot. A student-based voting process determined their colors to be black and turquoise, and the mascot will be the Cougars.

A federal mandate, The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, stipulates the cash price paid for school meals must equal the federal reimbursement rate for free meals. In accordance, the board approved to raise the price of lunches 10 cents for elementary and secondary students and 25 cents for adult paid lunches

The configuration of the Victoria school board will look mostly the same for the 2011-12 school year.

At its regular meeting Thursday, the board unanimously approved the re-appointment of Tami Keeling to the president's position and Bernard Klimist to the office of vice-president.

Estella De Los Santos was unanimously approved as secretary, replacing Ross Mansker, who seconded her nomination.

Klimist expressed satisfaction with the board's work this year, and said low voter-turnout in Saturday's school board election most likely means the district is satisfied with its work, too.

After a year in which the district embarked on big changes - like separating Memorial High School into Victoria East and West and implementing a dress code - Klimist said he couldn't have dreamed that just before the end of the school year, the board would be looking back and saying, "It worked."

"This last year, with all that could have gone wrong, all went right. So, kudos to the entire board, to the officers, to the administration. It can only get better," Klimist said.

Svetlik praised the work of Keeling over the past year and said he continues to be excited about the district's future after nine years of service on the board.

"It's been quite a ride that I'm not ready to get off yet," Svetlik said. "The district is really moving forward. We couldn't have said that a few years ago, and it couldn't have happened without a board working together and without outstanding leadership from Mr. (Superintendent Bob) Moore."

Keeling also shared her praise of the board she will head at least one more year.

"It's a very easy job to do when you have a great team, and we have a fabulous, fabulous team," she said.

The officers will serve in their positions for one year.

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