Texas Attorney General Ruling Causes Issues for Texoma Schools

Recently the Texas Attorney General issued a ruling requiring schools to have agreements in place to send buses into other districts. 

“The AG's opinion basically said that in absence of a local agreement between two schools, it wasn't legal for one school district to send school buses inside the other. So, that is what we have been seeking is to clarify that,” said Northside Superintendent Mark Haught.

“The AG's decision brought it to the forefront but that's been the law and something we probably should have been doing,” Thweatt said.

If an agreement is not made between the districts, some of the schools may have to get creative if they want to continue to bring students in.

“We've solved problems and I have a tendency to think outside the box. So, I think I can find a solution, so the kids who want to come to Harold will end up coming to Harold,” Thweatt said.

“That probably means getting as close to our district boundary to theirs as we can to arrange some kind of pick up area,” Haught said. “To be able to transport them the rest of the way and to make it as conducive a situation as possible to get the kids to school.”

These schools rely on students transferring into the district so a lack of an agreement could cause some problems down the road.

 said. “I feel that personally there is a vested interest in Haught“We do rely on transfers currently to be able to operate optimally,” northside, with our student body that they will come to us if we can't come to them, but we don't want it to get to that.”

Even though they have thought about what could happen if no agreement is reached, both Haught and Thweatt said they are hopeful they can come to an agreement soon.

Vernon ISD’s board of trustees recently tabled the discussion on the matter at their meeting this week and Superintendent Jeff Byrd said it could be at least a month before any final decision is made.


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