Board approves calendar change
By Tony Farkas
GROVETON — The Groveton ISD Board of Trustees set spring break a week later to give all students and staff the opportunity to use the break.
Superintendent Jim Dillard said that at the Sept. 26 meeting, the board moved the week from March 19-25 to March 26-April 1.
Dillard said that the original date overlapped with District UIL competitions, and many of the high school students and teachers would have to be in school to compete.
In a related matter, the board approved the application for a CTE minutes waiver.
Dillard said that CTE students have to attend 450 minutes of specialized instruction every 10 days; and it was possible that with the 4-day schedule that was approved for the second semester that students would not meet that requirement.
If that happened, it would affect funding, and Dillard said they wanted to be careful.
“Right now we are in compliance, but you never know what the state will do, so I asked to submit waiver request,” he said.
In other business, the board:
•Discussed purchase of 14-passenger bus;
•discussed Limited English proficiency. The district has 14 students who are actively in the ESL program, and 53 students who are being monitored to see if the services are needed;
•approved an agreement for shared services. The district is part of a cooperative for special education that serves two counties and seven districts, and if there is a student that needs those services, they are available; and
•added Dillard as signatory to the school’s accounts.
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