The Houston board of education will study the creation of snow routes for the district. 

Following a winter storm that dismissed classes five times during a seven-day period, Houston Schools will seek input from the public to create snow routes within the district.

Superintendent Scott Dill told board members at last week’s monthly meeting that he will announce a public hearing in the near future to gather information. The district currently does not have a snow route.

Dill said a “blacktop only” route is not a viable option for the district. Instead, the district will determine the safest and best gravel and dirt roads to include as part of the snow route. Joe Montgomery, the district’s transportation director, will create the routes following the public forum.

“It concerns me this early in December that we are missing this many days,” Dill told the board.

With his decisions to cancel classes the last two weeks, Dill said he was more concerned about teenage drivers than buses.

“We exist to be in session and for kids to be learning, but we want to be safe,” Dill said.

The district will make up missed snow days on Jan. 21, Feb. 17, March 14, May 20 and May 21.

Also during the meeting, board members:

––Heard roof work will begin on the elementary school as soon as weather conditions reach around 40 degrees. The job will take six weeks.

––Were introduced to members of the Young Visionary Committee, who encouraged the district’s promotion of post-secondary classes available in Houston from Drury University. The committee, which includes 12 teenagers and young adults who meet monthly, is led by Ron Reed.

––Received information from Tim Ceplina, an officer with the Houston Police Department, regarding school safety. Ceplina recently launched a company –– Spearpoint, LLC –– that provides active shooter and intruder training for schools and workplaces.

––Tabled a request to place a memorial honoring the late Mark Forbes, a longtime supporter of the football program, at the Big Red Building. Members requested additional information.

––Accepted the immediate resignation of bus driver Raymond Laramore. Gwen Montgomery was hired as a replacement.

––Heard an update on the placement of security cameras around campus.

The next regular board meeting is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Exceptional Child Cooperative.

Watch last week’s school board meeting at houstonherald.com/live.

PDF: Minutes from December school board meeting

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