During last week’s regular meeting of the Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees, board members were presented with a possibility to purchase Freightliners to provide safe and reliable transportation to and from events like out-of-town competitions for sports, UIL, and other events. The cost of the Freighliners would come out of a grant the district received and would not affect the current budget.
Board members were given a tour of a Freightliner and had the opportunity to ask questions about wi-fi capabilities and the other options available for customization of the interior. Each seat reclines, power is available for charging phones or chrome books, and the freightliners have ionization in the HVAC units. Ionization has been proven to help prevent the spread of contagious viruses and diseases.
Also during last week's regular meeting, board members also discussed special recognition of the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Program Director Bonnie Anderson. A public hearing was also held regarding the 2019 – 2020 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR), which includes the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) that encompasses all data requested and received by TEA about public education, including student demographic and academic performance, personnel, financial, and organizational information was also held last week.
Last night, BSISD School Board Members discussed the need for 5 freightliner buses during their special meeting. This would ensure that there were enough buses to be used for activities in the fall and spring seasons. Plus, this would add the newer yellow buses - that are generally in better shape and have less mileage - to the fleet of vehicles used for school bus routes. This would allow the older buses with more mileage to be sold or auctioned off.
Ultimately, Board members approved the purchase of five 2021 M2 Freightliner buses in the total amount of $1,479,500.
Also during the special meeting, Superintendent Jay McWilliams advised that the Texas Education Agency will allow Texas school districts to claim additional bad weather days during this school year in response to the week of school missed by many schools in this area due to the winter storm. The submission of a "Missed School Days Waiver" form would have to be approved by the school board. After TEA approves the form, BSISD students would not be required to make up the missed days. This would also be extended to BSISD teachers since they were unable to work during that time as well.