From counseling resources being provided by Hays CISD in the wake of the district's fatal bus accident to San Marcos CISD canceling its trustee election, learn more about what's happening in your local school districts this month.

Counseling services to continue following fatal Tom Green Elementary bus crash

Specialized counseling services are being made available to Tom Green Elementary School students and staff following a fatal school bus crash on March 22.

Two-minute impact

Last week, a Hays CISD bus carrying 44 Tom Green Elementary preschool students and 11 adults collided with a concrete truck when returning from a field trip to the Bastrop Zoo. Ulises Rodriguez Montoya, 5, was killed in the crash, along with an adult driver behind the bus. Fifty-one others were injured.

The regular school day will continue at Tom Green on March 26. Classes were canceled on March 25, and the campus was only open for crisis and trauma counseling services. These counseling services will continue this week and into the future for those in treatment, said Tim Savoy, Hays CISD public information officer.

There are two GoFundMe fundraisers in place for Ulises' funeral expenses and for unexpected expenses for the students and staff involved in the crash.

More information and other updates on the crash can be found here. The full update on the story can be found here.

San Marcos CISD cancels May 4 election; Halsey and Arredondo to be at-large trustees

The San Marcos CISD board of trustees voted unanimously to cancel the May 4 election due to only two people applying for the open at-large positions during their regular meeting March 18.

The details

Incumbent board President Anne Halsey and Juan Miguel Arredondo, who has previous experience on the board, were the lone applicants for the at-large positions.

“There are two at-large trustee positions open this spring, and only two people filed for them, thus, alleviating the need for a May election this cycle, so we're canceling that and saving the attending taxpayer dollars,” Halsey said.

Read the full story here.

Hays CISD to upgrade district radios, signal for safety and security

The Hays CISD board of trustees is set to approve a new interlocal agreement with the Lower Colorado River Authority to upgrade the district’s two-way radio services for safety and security purposes.

The board first discussed the updated agreement during its agenda workshop meeting on March 18. The item, which was expected to be approved during the next regular board meeting on March 25, will be approved at a future meeting after it was canceled following the fatal Tom Green Elementary bus crash on March 22.

Learn more by reading the full story here.