The Glen Rose Independent School District board of trustees voted Monday night to cancel the May 8 election of two school board candidates since the races are uncontested.
The $19.995 million school bond referendum will be held May 8 as planned. Voting for that election will be at Glen Rose Town Hall.
Board members Wade Busch and Brady Brown had terms expiring and both had filed to run for re-election. No one else had filed as a write-in candidate by the March 15 deadline.
Judy Shipman, the district’s director of finance, told the board that candidates who are running unopposed still must be certified. Voters will see Busch’s and Brown’s names on the ballot and will be informed that they have been certified as unopposed candidates, but will not vote for them.
At the board’s regularly scheduled meeting, trustees also agreed to buy three used, low-mileage school buses.
Wayne Rotan, district superintendent, said that three 83-passenger buses are available from Longhorn Bus Sales at a cost of $70,949 each. One has about 12,000 miles on it; the other two have about 14,000 miles. They would replace older models with more than 100,000 miles on them.
“The kids would be much safer,” with the newer buses, School Board President Marilyn Phillips commented.
The district had planned to buy another bus this year and two for next year. But 83-seat school bus prices have risen to more than $102,000 each. Rotan told the board it would make more sense to buy the three buses for $212,000 than two new ones for $204,000.
The school district that had been using the used buses decided it didn’t like the front-engine transit style, Rotan told the board. But that is the kind of bus the Glen Rose ISD uses.
GRISD currently runs 19 bus routes. Because it is close to a nuclear plant, the district is required to be able to evacuate all its staff and students within 15 minutes in case of an emergency.
“It takes 34 buses to do that,” Rotan said.
The three additional buses would give the district a total of 37; it will sell the three older buses at auction this summer.
In other action, board trustees decided to keep a semester of physical education, a semester of health and two semesters of technical applications in its graduation requirements. The state had dropped those requirements to give students more elective classes, but the district agreed those classes are important.
It also gave permission to proceed with a project to replace the oldest part of the roof on the junior high’s Leach Gym because the roof has been leaking.
In personnel matters, trustees extended one-year contracts for teachers, counselors, librarians, nurses and other employees whose contracts were expiring.
They also recognized Shirley Craft, who is retiring as principal at the junior high school and gave her last report to the board. Craft spent 18 of her 35 years as an educator in Glen Rose. She received a bouquet of flowers, thanks, hugs and handshakes.
Craft said she plans to remain in Glen Rose after her retirement. No replacement for her has been selected yet.