The Board of Trustees directed administration to put air conditioning on all new bus purchases, discussed a community review for transportation allocations under two miles and reviewed ongoing construction at its Sept. 6 meeting.

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Board outlines process for committee review of hazardous routes scoring matrix

Community members will review the scoring tool the district uses to allocate bus service for students living within two miles of school. The Board of Trustees gave feedback on the current scoring matrix, including adjustments to make it more subjective and to add clarity.

As with the vast majority of Texas school districts – and in keeping with Texas Education Agency guidelines – Leander ISD only provides bus transportation to students living within two miles of a school if the route to that school is deemed hazardous.

Costs, timelines considered regarding upgrades to transportation fleet

The Board directed administration to add air conditioning to any new bus purchases, include all 66 general education buses approved by voters in the 2017 bond election. The Board will discuss options for retrofitting additional busses with air conditioning during their Sept. 20 meeting. The district will also put air conditioning on buses purchased with a $700,000 grant to replace diesel-fueled buses with propane-fueled buses.

Construction continues on LISD’s major maintenance, Bond 2017 projects.

The board approved the guaranteed maximum price (GMP) estimates for the Glenn High School Ag addition and the North Transportation Center. Construction is complete on the Monroe stadium grandstands project for the time being, with the visitors stands getting an upgrade in summer 2019.

Construction started at Cedar Park High School stadiums, locker rooms and flex lab classrooms. The four phase construction project, which includes items for the 2017 bond and the major maintenance fund, will also include robotics and career technical education classrooms, the field house and the front of the school. CPHS construction will be completed summer 2022.