MISD works with neighboring districts on busing issues

Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

The Board of Trustees of the Muleshoe Independent School District met in regular session Monday, Nov 13. All board members, Lisa Whalin, business manager and Dr. R.L. Richards, superintendent, were present.
The minutes of the previous meeting on Oct. 23 were approved.
Sudan ISD Board of Trustees met on the Nov. 13, and the Muleshoe ISD Board of Trustees met the same night. The school administrations had been working together to solve the issue on school transportation boundaries as outlined in Texas Attorney Ken Paxton’s Opinion KP-0166 (see below).
The short summary at the end of Paxton’s opinion states that school districts cannot provide a public school transportation system outside of the school district boundaries into another school district without an inter-local agreement. Muleshoe and Sudan administrators were able to agree and developed an inter-local agreement that allowed Muleshoe to transport students to PEP. The agreement also allows Sudan to go through but not pick up students inside the boundaries, and the Muleshoe district to reach the Three Way community students who are in Sudan School District.
However, neither the Farwell nor Lazbuddie administrators were able to provide agreeable solutions with Muleshoe ISD to the boundary issue at the time of the board meeting. Therefore, the Muleshoe ISD Board of Trustees discussed other strong remedies to solve the entering of Farwell and Lazbuddie ISD buses into the Muleshoe ISD district lines to pick up students. The process allows the Muleshoe superintendent to submit a grievance to the Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency if a suitable resolution is not quickly reached.
It was reported that Snack Pak 4 Kids is going wonderfully. The board expressed appreciation for all the volunteers and donors who are making a difference in the Muleshoe community.
The state of Texas grades each school’s business department each year, and Muleshoe scored 100.
“Our fund balance is strong, our procedures are excellent, and our state and federal procedures have been excellent,” Richards said. “The Muleshoe ISD Board of Trustees sends kudos to Mrs. Lisa Whalin, Mrs. Lynda Washington and Mrs.  Debra Jennings for their success on this school business report card.”
No action was taken on bond redemption and refunding.
“Due to the new federal legislation on taxes the refunding of bond issues may or may not be better by January 1,” Richards explained. “Muleshoe ISD is reviewing methods to reduce the cost of the 2010 Bond Issue.”
The school board received three hours of training for the Texas Association of School Board Training.
Other Muleshoe ISD news items include:
n After 61 days of instruction MISD has 97% attendance rate.
n Muleshoe Elementary placed 2nd in UIL competition.
n Junior High Academic placed 1st in District UIL competition.
n The Muleshoe Mules placed 2nd in district football advancing to the playoffs.
n CTE Advisory Committee held its first meeting with seven CTE Teachers and five community fusiness owners/operators present.
n Robotics was implemented at DeShazo Elementary last year and is being implemented this year at junior high.
n The Mighty M Band received all 1’s in a recent marching contest.
n Three sixth-grade choir members made the All Region 6th Grade Choir.
n Junior High FFA Team leader Haley Andrews reports, “They placed third in an event called opening and closing ceremonies. This was the first year any of them even knew what Ag and FFA were. The students had three weeks to prepare and only four practices all together. I’m very proud of all they accomplished. “
n Junior High is now offering two CTE courses: Investigation Careers and Professional Communications.
n On Friday, Dec. 1, Muleshoe ISD will provide a brand new Muleshoe ISD phone app to all parents and patrons.  It will help Muleshoe ISD communicate all the great student activities, results, upcoming events, and lunch menus by a touch of the phone.  More information will be coming soon.

Attorney general’s opinion on busing

Last week, Texas Attorney General Opinion KP-0166 (2017) was released on “Authority of a public school district to operate a transportation system outside of its geographical boundaries under section 34.007 of the Education Code.”
The summary stated:
“Section 34.007 of the Education Code does not authorize the Jonesboro Independent School District to operate a public school transportation system outside of its boundaries and within the boundaries of the Gatesville Independent School District to regularly transport students to and from school without an interlocal cooperation contract under Government Code chapter 791.”
To access the Opinion, click on the link below.

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