VISD to cancel school board election

By Carolina Astrain , CAROLINA ASTRAN

By Carolina Astrain , CAROLINA ASTRAN
March 20, 2013 at 9:03 p.m.
Updated March 19, 2013 at 10:20 p.m.

The Victoria school board is expected to cancel the May 11 election because no one is challenging its current incumbents.

School board vice president Bernard Klimist, trustees Kevin VanHook and Michael DiSanto, who were up for re-election this term, are currently unopposed by any candidates.

Jake Flores, 20, had filed to run against VanHook on Feb. 26 but chose to withdraw his filing the next day.

The board is expected to cancel the election during its meeting Thursday.

Also at that meeting, a medical consultation agreement with area family practitioner will also be discussed.

Dr. John L. McNeill, a St. Joseph High School alum, opened the Twin Fountains Walk-in Clinic in 2008.

In the agreement, McNeill would work with the district's policy formation, student and employee medical evaluation, health and safety consultation and act as the media liaison for medical and health matters related to the district.

The agreement would come at a $2,000 per month cost to the district and would last for one year with the annual option for renewal.

"We're very excited about this opportunity," said Superintendent Robert Jaklich. "We hope this will improve our attendance and health services at the school."

The one-year consultation would go from March 22 through Aug. 31, 2014.

Also, trustees will review contracts for VISD employees receiving ancillary benefits, which come at no rate increase, said district spokeswoman Diane Boyett.

Ancillary benefits include dental, vision, basic life, accidental death and dismemberment and disability insurance.

In a closed meeting, trustees will meet with Jaklich for his first evaluation since his July 1, 2012, contract start date.

Jaklich has an annual salary of $237,000 and is under a three-year contract, which could be extended at the closed meeting Tuesday.

"The superintendent is evaluated on progress made on seven aims of the district," said VISD board president Tami Keeling. "We'll get an entire list of what's been accomplished under each aim prepared by the superintendent."



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