By Nancy Gutierrez
In a controversial decision Tuesday Jan. 27 the Farmersville Unified School District board voted to rescind a July 8 board meeting action that mandated an either-or decision regarding conference fees and health insurance.
The 4-1 voted allowed the new board to receive health insurance and a $3,000 stipend for conferences. If the board members do not use all of their conference money allowances they can donate it to school programs or organizations. Previously, board member Conrado Gonzales had donated his money to the cheerleading program. The district will now have to come up with an extra $9,800 for the year, to cover the health insurance and conference allowances.
Resident Al Vanderslice was a governing board member when the initial change was made. He said it was done to save money since the district was building a new high school and because of the budget crisis. Board members Antonio Ramos, John Vasquez and Gonzales all voted in favor, last July, of choosing between health insurance and a conference allowance. Vasquez was the only member of the three that voted on Jan. 27 against the item.
"They never voiced a different opinion," Vanderslice said.
He added that board member Blanca Sandoval gave a written request to place the item to rescind on the business agenda of the Dec. 9 meeting -- the very first meeting she and Board President Martin Macareno would be official board members.
"It looked like a big deal for them if they discussed it before they were sworn in," Vanderslice said.
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