VISD to discuss superintendent search, Harvey repairs, attendance

Gabriella Canales By Gabriella Canales

Feb. 13, 2018 at 8:21 p.m.
Updated Feb. 14, 2018 at 6 a.m.

The Victoria school district's Board of Trustees will soon know what the community wants in the next superintendent.

"It could be the same or additions," said Board President Ross Mansker about how the traits could align. "We will go through and see what the community said."

The board will go into a closed session at Thursday's regular meeting to discuss the community's feedback and board member feedback to develop a superintendent search profile.

After that session, James Guerra, the president and CEO of the search firm JG Consulting, will work to write the profile and the job position will be posted, Mansker said.

The board plans to take applications as soon as possible, he said.

In other business, a variety of other items, ranging from low attendance waivers to Aloe Elementary School renovations, will be discussed.

The board is planning to discuss submitting three low attendance day waivers.

The first waiver would be for Jan. 17, when the district delayed the start of the school day by two hours. Out of 13,855 students, a total of 2,935 absences were recorded.

Another waiver will be discussed for Stroman Middle School on Jan. 18 during the period when the school's heating system failed.

The school closed the day after, so this will address when students were still at school and parents chose not to send them or to bring their children home early, said VISD spokeswoman Shawna Currie.

Out of an average of 716 students in school each day, a total of 211 absences were recorded.

The third waiver will be submitted for Rodolfo Torres Elementary School for Jan. 19 when 70 absences were recorded out of an average of 485 students in class each day.

After a three-day campus power outage that began Jan. 14, the heating system took several days to return to normal, which had an impact on attendance Jan. 19.

To apply for an attendance waiver, certain conditions, including weather-related issues and health and safety of students, have to be met, Currie said.

"We've had a year where we've had a lot of situations with weather," she said.

Applying will help future funding when it comes to attendance, she said.

The board will consider adopting a resolution about wage payments when the district closed Jan. 16 during an emergency closing.

Employees would get a day's wages for the Jan. 16 closure.

The board will also consider awarding a contract to Weaver and Jacobs Constructors and Rawley McCoy Associates of Victoria for the design and construction of Aloe Elementary School's classroom wing.

"This would be the design and construction to get that wing back operational after the hurricane damage," Currie said.


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