District to accept bids for new buses

Longview ISD is in the market for ten new school buses, after trustees approved a resolution seeking bid proposals during Monday night's regular meeting.

District to accept bids for new buses

Mon Apr 15, 2019

Longview ISD is in the market for ten new school buses, after trustees approved a resolution seeking bid proposals during Monday night's regular meeting.

Chief Financial Officer Joey Jones said currently LISD owns buses that "cost the district more in maintenance than is fiscally responsible to spend."

"By exercising an option to purchase ten new buses, the district could significantly upgrade the existing fleet and reduce maintenance expenses," he said.

Jones told the board that approval for issuance of maintenance tax notes to cover cost of new bus purchases "will allow for the repayment over a three-year period, while having the new buses available by the start of the 2019-2020 school year."

The old buses will be sold at auction.
 

Tax refunds to Gregg County

Later, the board approved a request from the Gregg County Tax Assessor-Collector Kirk Shields to refund $5,385.83 in taxes that were paid in error.

Chief Financial Officer Joey Jones told trustees that Longview ISD was notified by Kirk that an erroneous payment were made by Sun Trust.

"The letters from Mr. Shields were forwarded to Ms. Stacie Killingsworth with Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, our delinquent tax collection attorney, for review," Jones said. "Ms. Killingsworth agreed this error occurred through no fault of the taxpayer and, therefore, recommends that the payments be refunded."
 

In other business...

During the course the LISD Board of Trustees also unanimously:

• APPROVED authorizing district CFO Joey Jones to request proposals for turf replacement and track renovation at Lobo Stadium, and for Sports Design Group to oversee the project;

• APPROVED federal free breakfast and lunch program for all elementary campuses starting in the 2019-2020 school year;

• APPROVED five-year contract with Encore Multimedia of Longview for a Magnet School Grant marketing campaign;

• APPROVED the Region 11 Technology Resources Education Consortium (TREC) Contract for 2019-2020;

• APPROVED a bid of $51,300 for Longview High School Tennis Court resurfacing;

• APPROVED East Texas Advanced Academies (ETAA) proposal for transformation services; and

• APPROVED contracting with Martin Consulting in the continuation of grant consultation.
 

For more info...

Trustees meet in the boardroom of the LISD Education Support Center, 1301 E. Young St. The next regular meeting is tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. May 13th.

For more information about the Longview ISD Board of Trustees please click here.