MIDLOTHIAN — The Midlothian ISD board of trustees unanimously approved an expansion of the multi-purpose stadium parking lot as recommended at a cost of $314,896 at the regular meeting Monday evening.

The expansion will add about 200 additional parking spaces and will be paid for with funds available from the 2004 bond with the balance to be taken from the general fund. The project cost includes landscaping and irrigation costs.

 The board also approved the purchase of up to four 77-passenger school buses at a cost of $79,626 each, a savings of 13.6 percent over the previous purchase price and up to three 47-passenger special needs buses for $88,587 each, a savings of 7.6 percent.

 The cost of the new vehicles is to be funded with unallocated interest from the 2004 and 2006 bonds. The buses are available at a discounted cost because the vendor will utilize 2009-2010 model engines. Engines manufactured after this model year will require additional emission requirements resulting in a higher cost.  The buses will be available for delivery in July for use in the 2010-2011 school year.

In an item removed from the consent agenda for discussion, the board approved the purchase of an additional special needs bus for immediate use, which will not be subject to the special vendor discount.

Presentations before the board included WOW programs from Mt. Peak Elementary and Frank Seale Middle School, and Project M&M from High School Community Problem Solvers.

Superintendent announcements included:

May 3  – WOW showcase at Midlothian High School at 6:30 p.m.

June 4 – Graduation at Multipurpose Stadium at 8:15 p.m.

A board workshop – Growth Management Committee meeting will be held at LaRue Miller Elementary at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Contact Rebecca at rebecca.hertz@wninews.com or call 469-517-1451.