Board to discuss House Bill 5, local policy update

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

Oct. 15, 2013 at 5:15 a.m.

If you're planning on graduating in the top 10 percent of your class, then you may want to consider taking Algebra II.

At Thursday's Victoria school board's regular monthly meeting, Susanne Carroll, VISD executive director of curriculum, instruction and accountability, will present trustees with an update on House Bill 5.

Students who want to graduate in the top 10 percent of their class will need to take Algebra II, according to a change in the laws, said VISD superintendent Robert Jaklich.

"It's important for everybody to know that," Jaklich said.

The board is also expected to discuss a change in local policy which would allow the school board to appoint the superintendent or a designee to "dispose of the property according to administrative discretion."

"The superintendent's responsibility is to make sure of what the market value is before we get rid of instructional or technical materials," Jaklich said.

The change comes as a recommendation from the Texas Association of School Boards to fit new state policies, Jaklich said.

"We're updating our local policy to meet the new requirements," Jaklich said. "Before the policy was broad, and now, it's more specific."

Other changes coming with House Bill 5 include the introduction of a 22-credit foundation school program covering basic core subjects.

Once a student has fulfilled those core areas, he or she will move on to one of five endorsement tracks, Jaklich said.

The five endorsement tracks are science, technology, engineering and math; business and industry; public services; arts and humanities or multidisciplinary studies.

The board will also approve and appoint members to the district's School Health Advisory Council, whose comments the district must consider before changing health education curriculum or instruction.

"It's a combination of students, parents and health care professionals," said Tami Keeling, VISD board president. "The council serves a very important role."



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