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By Dakota McDonald—
An agreement, which clarifies how students will be transported between Post and three other school districts, will be sent to the other districts for review after being drafted and approved June 9 by Post ISD Board of Trustees.
The agreement discusses other school districts’ buses entering Post ISD school boundaries and Post City limits. The three area school districts are Southland ISD, Wilson ISD and Borden County ISD.
Post ISD Superintendent Heath Dickson explained the events leading up to the requirement of interlocal agreements during the regularly scheduled board meeting.
In brief, Gatesville ISD filed a grievance with the Texas Attorney General’s office against Jonesboro ISD for sending a bus into Gatesville ISD’s boundaries for the purpose of picking up and delivering students whom have been granted a transfer into the Jonesboro school district.
An opinion released by the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxon states the Education Code will not allow school districts to operate outside of their boundaries to regularly transport students to and from school without an interlocal cooperation contract. Paxon directed the two districts to develop a written agreement.
Borden County ISD bus driver Amy Pennell, who has been driving the bus from Post to Borden County for several years with pickup and delivery at her father’s property inside the Post City limits, expressed safety concerns of the intersection at Farm to Market Road 1313 and Farm to Market Road 669. The intersection has flashing lights and a stop sign at the dead end but is on the edge of the caprock.
The documentation Post ISD submitted allows all three school districts to pick up and deliver students at given locations within the Post ISD school boundaries.
Southland ISD and Wilson ISD buses and parents will be allowed to meet at Close City, a community on south County Highway 399 between U.S. Highway 84 and U.S. Highway 380.
The Borden County bus will be allowed to meet parents at the Graham Community Gin Office which is at the intersection of Farm to Market Road 1313 and County Highway 399.
Superintendent Dickson said there might be counteroffers from all three districts which is the purpose of the agreement.