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Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2001 12:00 am

Around The Valley

Raymondville

TEA report lists lone school board violation

A preliminary report written by a Texas Education Agency investigative team

found that the Raymondville school board violated one of the three allegations

brought against it in July.

The TEA said that school board members overstepped their authority in three

governing areas:

A board member confirming that he consulted a district principal about the

number of teachers accompanying students on a senior trip.

Confirmation of a board member saying that he spent time on a campus

visiting with district security.

A board member confirming that he contacted the school districts chief

financial officer regarding payment to district vendors.

School district attorney Gus Acevedo said he considered the reports findings

as minor. The report was issued in response to complaints filed in July with

the TEA by three community residents.

Acevedo said that the report represents an attempt by the TEA to somehow

justify its trip to Raymondville.

What really should be done with this report is to make an open records

request to TEA asking for every report that theyve issued where they did not

find governance problems, he said.

On July 16, the TEA governance team began interviews during a two-day period

with all school board trustees, the superintendent and other district

employees. A TEA school financial audit team visited the Raymondville school

district for five days.

The other allegations against the board, which the TEA declared as unfounded,

included trustees violating nepotism law in hiring relatives, and dealings

with a fund balance deficit caused by the current board.

Brownsville

Convergys likely to get contract

Convergys likely to get contract

The Convergys Corporation has entered into a preliminary agreement with the

state of Florida to provide human resources, benefits and payroll services to

the states 120,000 government employees.

The company received an Intent to Award notice from the state after four

primary areas technical and management approach, cost response, transition

plan and commitment to the tate of Florida were evaluated.

Convergys, which operates offices in Brownsville and throughout the United

States, beat out 11 other companies in the competition.

Based on Floridas estimate of costs, Convergys bid for the seven-year

contract will save the state about half of what it now spends on these

services.

Were very pleased to receive the Intent to Award from the state of

Florida, said Karen Bowen, president of employee care at Convergys.

Convergys is committed to partnering with the state of Florida to deliver

high quality, efficient human resource services for state employees, while

reducing taxpayer costs.

Convergys plans to add 550 people to its existing worldwide staff of more than

45,000 workers. The majority of the new hires will be at stationed at the

companys service center in Jacksonville, Fla.

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