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RE-2 Superintendent Seaney resigns

by Dreama Ortivez

LA VETA- On Monday, December 13, the La Veta School Board held its regular meeting.  After a short executive session, Board President Sam Law announced the resignation of Superintendent, Dave Seaney effective December 31, 2010. 

    The district will be paying Seaney the amount equal to its legal obligations under the law of his contract, plus a health insurance continuation until June or until he is re-employed.  This totals $33,250 for unused vacation days plus $4,000 for annual personal leave balance through December 31.  In addition, the District shall pay the amount for COBRA continuation coverage under the district’s Group Health Insurance Plan in the amount of $375 per month until Seaney becomes eligible to receive health insurance under another group health insurance plan or until June 30, 2011.  He shall have no additonal claim to severance pay, salary, benefits, or compensation of any kind.

    Bree Lessar was approved as the Acting Superintendent.  It was also approved that Lessar and Business Manager Toni Brgoch will conduct financial transactions on behalf of the school district.  Another item that was approved was authorizing Board President Sam Law, Acting Superintendent Bree Lessar and Business Manager Toni Brgoch to act as signatories on district checks, in written or facsimile form.

    Alan Duran was approved to be added to the substitute custodian list and Yvonne Headrick was approved to be added to the substitute teacher list, contingent upon background clearance.  The high school Anatomy & Physiology classes were approved to take their annual field trip from March 30 through April 2, 2011.  This year there are 7 students in the class; the class funds this field trip from donations and fund-raising throughout the year. 

    The FFA was approved to travel overnight to the National Western Stock Show on January 17 & 18.  There will be about 18 students who will participate in the Stock Show.  Rebecca Uebler will participate in “Catch a Heifer.”  She will compete against other contestants.  There will be so many heifers in the arena, and she will have to catch one, and then she will bring it home and raise it.

    Acting Superintendent Lessar talked about the Best Grant, which entails the elementary and high school roof replacements and bat/pigeon dropping abatement.  Lessar stated that she is working closely with the CDE to get everything done the right way.  Lessar also advised the Board of the new workout classes, “Zumba,” and how well the turn-outs have been.  Lessar also stated that on January 11 she will be attending a class on how to teach Zumba to children.  Her plan is to offer classes to our youth.  It was also discussed that there will be a Youth League basketball team, and they will be utilizing the old gym two days a week for practice.

    The Board approved to hold their Budget Retreat on January 15 at the La Veta Inn.  Their regular meetings are scheduled for January 3 and 24.

    Sam Law recognized fall coaches Bree Lessar and Ron Ortivez Jr. for receiving Coaches of the Year. 

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