The Magnolia ISD board of trustees approved the addition of 10 new school buses for a total of $1.29 million as part of its consent agenda items Sept. 12, meaning there was no discussion on the item.

According to Assistant Superintendent of Operations Erich Morris, the need for the new buses comes from enrollment growth.

“We are having to add new routes because of the number of kids,” Morris said in an interview. “We don’t have enough buses to do that. ... It’s a struggle for everyone.”

Denise Meyers, executive director of communications and public relations, said seven bus routes were added in the 2021-22 school year, and nine routes are being added this school year for a total of 16 additional routes. Morris said in an interview the funds for the new buses will come from the general fund as a capital expense.

Additional buses are also a part of the $232 million bond proposal that voters have the ability to weigh in on Nov. 8.