The Pottsboro Independent School District’s board of trustees discussed a resolution to receive funding for a service they already provide during their regular meeting earlier this week. PISD Superintendent Kevin Matthews explained that Texas law does not provide transportation funding to school districts if the district is transporting students that live within two miles of the schools they attend, unless those areas are dangerous for students to cross. In this situation, that is the case, Matthews said. The board identified five areas they qualified as hazardous: Highway 289, Highway 120, FM 996, FM 1417 and Cardinal Lane.

The Pottsboro Independent School District’s board of trustees discussed a resolution to receive funding for a service they already provide during their regular meeting earlier this week. PISD Superintendent Kevin Matthews explained that Texas law does not provide transportation funding to school districts if the district is transporting students that live within two miles of the schools they attend, unless those areas are dangerous for students to cross. In this situation, that is the case, Matthews said. The board identified five areas they qualified as hazardous: Highway 289, Highway 120, FM 996, FM 1417 and Cardinal Lane.


"This is not anything new, those have always been hazardous areas, … and we’ve always provided transportation," Matthews said.


With this in mind, the board passed a resolution specifically identifying these areas and how they endanger students, should they choose to cross on foot. This will allow the district to continue receiving funding.


The board also took some preemptive actions at its meeting Monday, anticipating the expansion of the Head Start Program. The program, which allows 3-year-olds to start in school and receive that "head start" to their schooling, will soon have a new bus added to its fleet.


The bus came with a sales price of $61,900, but Matthews said the board recently received a grant worth $60,000. The school will cover the rest of the cost out of its pocket. Previously, the district was using another Head Start bus to tote the children to school and one of the two buses will be kept as a backup in case one of them goes in for repairs.


The board also passed a resolution amending the school district’s policies, as seen in their Vantage Points manual. Matthews said the amendments simply bring the district’s rules and regulations in line with changes in law from the 84th legislative session. He said most districts will be adding these changes soon, if they haven’t already.