By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (October 19, 2015) — Stephenville ISD will be purchasing two buses this year after purchasing one new bus last year.
“We only purchased one bus last year, but we really should purchase two new buses every year so we will be purchasing two this year,” reported SISD Executive Director of Finance and Operations Debbie Hummel during her report on the consent agenda, which passed unanimously as part of the regular meeting of school trustees Monday at Bond Auditorium. “We had budgeted for two last year, and when enrollment went down that’s one of the things we didn’t do,” she later added.
The new buses are $93,543 per unit, $187,086 for two from Longhorn Bus Sales, said Hummel, who added she will be making the purchase on Tuesday and foresees the district continuing to purchase two new buses each year in the future.
No one turned out for a public hearing concerning the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas report. Stephenville scored a perfect 30 of 30 according to the report, joining 1,012 districts statewide that received a passing score. There were 12 districts statewide that received a substandard achievement.
In his superintendent’s report, Matt Underwood informed trustees that “House Bill 2610, passed by the 84th Texas Legislature, amends Texas Education Code…by striking language requiring 180 days of instruction…and requiring districts to provide at least 75,600 minutes of instruction, including intermissions and recess.” Underwood says this gives districts flexibility to add minutes as necessary to compensate for time lost due to inclement weather or other reasons.
Underwood also shared a survey for sixth-11th grade students concerning their participation in sports and other extracurricular activities, and briefly discussed a digital learning readiness report.
The meeting began with Hook Elementary School staff being recognized for leading the district in fundraising for Erath County United Way. Hook staffers raised $3,029, an average of $55 per staff member. Chamberlain Elementary raised an average of $52 per staff member.
As a whole SISD contributed $10,399 to the Erath County Unite Way’s 2015-16 fundraising campaign, second most in district history. SISD contributed $10,960.92 to United Way in 2010-11.