Board to discuss super’s contract at special meeting

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SBCISDSan Benito CISD School Board members voted Monday night to postpone the summative evaluation of Superintendent of Schools Antonio G. Limón’s contract… again.

The Board of Trustees instead opted to revisit his evaluation for a special meeting tentatively scheduled for April 25.

The decision came after the board discussed the matter for nearly an hour in closed session.

As reported previously, the board has considered the superintendent’s contract dating back to December but has continuously decided to table the item.

As rumors swear of a buyout of the superintendent’s contract, Limón, however, downplayed the discussions. “Everything is progressing fine,” Limón said after the meeting.

Board President Yliana G. Rodriguez gave no comment apart from repeating the meeting date. Secretary June Aguilera and trustees Fatima and Julian Huerta also gave no comment, whereas trustees Anna Cruz, Hector Leal and Oscar Medrano could not be reached before presstime.

In other news, board members approved proposals received for the employee health benefits-managed care health plan with the additional motion to have a workshop to discuss the plan’s specifics. It was approved in a 4-3 vote, with Leal, Cruz and Medrano voting against; although, the original idea was to table the item pending further research.

SBCISD Risk Manager Janie Gonzales and consultant Glenn Hillyer spoke to the board at length, explaining how the plan works and of the risks involved, which drew inquires from Leal and Cruz.

“Can you show us numbers, as far as savings?” Leal pressed. “Where are they? I just want to see the whole picture in this.”

“I know that during the finance committee you said that you would save the district a million dollars,” Cruz said. “Can we get that in writing? Are they (the employees) our guinea pigs?”

Hillyer, however, assured this – Cruz’ concern was not the case.

Additionally, the board unanimously approved of setting up new high school courses Banking and Financial Services, Cosmetology I and II, and HVAC and Refrigeration Technology. These trade classes are to be offered to high school seniors for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year and will provide board certified education for anyone willing to enroll.

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