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Attendance zones on BSISD agenda

January 11, 2012

Where's your student going to school next year?

Big Spring Independent School District trustees will hear a report on proposed new student attendance zones when they hold their monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.

With four new elementary campuses being built and one campus — Bauer Elementary — scheduled for closure in the near future, BSISD's attendance zones and bus routes will have to be reworked for the 2012-2013 school year, Assistant Superintendent Danny Ferrell said.

Preliminary work has begun on the new maps and officials will present trustees a couple of options for their consideration, Ferrell added.

No final action will be taken on the matter Thursday.

Another report trustees will hear may also have long-range impact — officials will discuss the possibility of adopting a standardized dress code for BSISD students.

Ferrell was quick to note that “standardized” does not mean “uniforms.”

“We're looking at forming a committee to study the issue,” Ferrell said. “I've visited with people at the high school and junior high … We're looking to change the public perception of our students as to their appearance.”

BSISD currently has a student dress code, but Ferrell said it is very broadly interpreted.

In other action, trustees will begin laying the groundwork for the 2012 school board elections.

BSISD Business Manager Debbie Green said the district will hold elections for three seats on the school board — District 2, currently held by Maria Padilla; District 4, held by Tony Kennedy; and the remaining two years of the unexpired District 3 term.

The District 3 seat is currently held by Kenneth McIntosh, who was appointed by the board to serve until May.

None of the incumbents have yet announced whether they will seek re-election.

The filing period for the school board elections will be from Feb. 4 until March 5. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, be registered voters and have been residents of Texas for at least a year and the school district for at least six months.

Also Thursday, trustees will consider:
• Forming a committee to receive student, parent and staff input on what designs should be put on the new Memorial Stadium artificial turf.
• Bids for bond-related demolition at Big Spring High School.
• Personnel matters.

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