News - Lockhart ISD/Fuel Costs
- By Kathi Bliss
The rising cost of gas will cause the Lockhart Independent School
District to start adhering to a policy that has gone ignored for years
when classes begin on Aug. 25.
According to Cliff Gardner, the district*s Superintendent for
Maintenance and Operations, the district has a *two mile* rule stating
that students who live within two miles of their school campus are not
eligible to ride the bus. In recent years, this policy has not been
enforced, but the attitude of non-enforcement will change this year.
*With the rising cost in fuel prices, we are seeing more eligible
students requesting transportation to and from school,* Gardner told the
LISD Board of Trustees on Monday evening. *Because of these additional
requests, we no longer anticipate the availability of seats for those
students living within the two-mile radius.*
Gardner said that to continue providing bus service to students within
the two-mile radius, the district would have to add extra bus routes, at
a potential cost of up to $10,000. He noted students that have to cross
a major thoroughfare to reach their school will still be eligible for
bus service, but estimated that up to 200 students may be impacted if
the district starts enforcing the policy in place.
A consensus of trustees asked Garnder to evaluate the budget to
determine whether the funds were available elsewhere in the budget to
provide the service. However, parents are urged to consider alternatives
to the bus service they may have used in the past, if they live within
the two-mile radius.
In preparation for the coming year, the Trustees also made an initial
review of the district*s student handbooks. The board was asked to
review the proposed handbooks fully and forward any questions or
concerns to Interim Superintendent Jack Cockrill by Friday, Aug. 1.
In brief news, the board considered several personnel measures,
including the addition of a Family Consumer Science Teacher at the
Lockhart High School Freshman Campus, and the employment of a variety of
teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals and custodial staffers.
Trustees asked administration to move forward on gathering information
from the City of Lockhart and Time Warner Cable in an effort to televise
future board meetings. A final decision will be made on the proposal
after the board is aware of the logistics, including the cost of the
broadcast and the computer equipment needed to make them possible.
They also honored members of the district*s Finance Department for
their recent receipt of a Certificate of Achievement from the Government
Finance Officers* Association for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
The LISD Board of Trustees meets on the fourth Monday of each month at
6:30 p.m. in the Conference Center (old library) of Lockhart High
School. The meetings are open to the public and citizens, taxpayers,
students and parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.
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