VISD board approves purchase of four new school buses
March 20, 2014 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated March 20, 2014 at 10:21 p.m.
Victoria school district students will have new sets of wheels to ride during the next school year.
School board members approved the $394,120 purchase of four new passenger buses from Rush Truck Centers of Texas, based in San Antonio, at Thursday's regular monthly board meeting.
Ross Mansker, VISD board trustee, said he hopes the new buses will help decrease the number of bus breakdowns.
Board Vice President Bernard Klimist joined Mansker in praising the purchase.
"I'm glad to see we'll have new buses for our students because safety is a priority, especially when students go out of town," Klimist said.
In other business, the board approved a low attendance day waiver to be submitted to the Texas Education Agency and went into a closed-door session to conduct the superintendent's annual review.
Last year, VISD Superintendent Robert Jaklich received a 6-percent pay raise and a one-year contract. Jaklich earns $251,220 a year.
Thursday night, he received a 9.5 percent raise, and his contract was extended by three years. He will now earn $275,086 a year.