Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress
The contract of Rusk ISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Davis was extended through the end of June, 2017, by unanimous approval of the local school board, that met Monday.
Davis, who took helm of the 3A school district in July 2012, after serving as assistant superintendent of Lamesa ISD, said he will receive a salary of $137,000.
His contract was the only one discussed at the board meeting, and there were no new hires or retirements announced, he added.
Also during Monday's meeting, board members approved the purchase of two 72-passenger bluebird school buses, which are expected to arrive within the next six weeks, Davis said.
“We purchase buses every year to keep our fleet current, and the two oldest vehicles of the 34-piece fleet will be disposed of through the Education Service Center 7 auction process,” he said.
Each new bus costs approximately $71,500.
Next month, the board will begin working with the Texas Association of School Boards on a facility study to assess conditions of the physical plant while look at future needs.
“From me coming in a year and a half ago, plus looking at what the district already has had to address, we'll be especially looking at the roof conditions and some of the HVAC systems,” Davis said.
“We can retrofit a new unity, but that's kind of taking a risk, and you kind of want to do them together, so it makes sense to look at the conditions for both. And then we also want to look at the facilities that (the system serves).”
The district's facilities appear to be in healthy shape, and “while we've taken good care of them, some of the buildings beginning to show age,” he added.
“And there does come a point when you ask, 'What will it look like in 20 more years? Are we going to spend more in renovation and upkeep, or do we look at something brand new?