Mineral rights, renovations occupy BSISD agenda

Big Spring Independent School District trustees will consider selling the mineral rights to a small patch of district property when they hold their monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.The property in question is a 5.5 acre tract of land near the BSISD bus barn on the 11th Place extension, said Debbie Green, district business manager.Green said a firm has submitted a bid to purchase 50 percent of the mineral rights to the property. BSISD will retain all surface rights to the land, she added.Trustees will first hold a public hearing on the matter before considering any action they want to take, Green said.Also Thursday, the board will decide whether to use the last bit of remaining construction bond money to renovate restrooms and lockers at the high school.Less than $1 million of the $60 million in bond money authorized by voters in 2010 remains in district coffers. If approved, the work will be done under the auspices of Lee Lewis, the construction manager who oversaw the other bond projects, which included construction of four new elementary campuses and extensive renovations at the high school and junior high.