THREE RIVERS – Three Rivers Independent School District got a dose of good news in the form of a partnership with another local district, awarded an air conditioning contract and approved an interlocal agreement for road construction during a quick 18-minute meeting on June 17.

TRISD Superintendent Les Dragon said new George West ISD Superintendent Jim Rosebrock has talked about expanding the partnership between the two districts to benefit high school students.

“I’m really pleased that Dr. Rosebrock reached out about working together in our career and technical education programs,” Dragon said.

He noted that GWISD offers programs that TRISD does not specialize in, and vice versa, and said “this is something they would like to work with us on.”

CTE offerings include medical technology, welding, instrumentation and cosmetology.

The school districts also have discussed partnering in their disciplinary and alternative education programs.

Three Rivers Board President Karl Arnst also noted there is an opportunity for GWISD families to benefit from early childhood programs in Three Rivers.

“George West doesn’t have pre-K 3 and pre-K 4 classes, and some families may be interested in sending their children to Three Rivers ISD for this,” Arnst said.

“If we can make this as seamless as possible, it would be a great thing for both school districts.”

In other action, the board:

• Scheduled its next meeting for 6 p.m. Monday, July 15.

• Awarded a bid for air conditioning work to Martinez Air Conditioning and Heating of George West for $14,575. Bids ranged between that amount and $23,500.

Arnst noted that Martinez had done work for the district in the past and had done a good job. District employee Tim Strolney added that Martinez services the 23 units for his church.

• Approved an interlocal agreement with Live Oak County Commissioner Donna Mills for a road to be constructed to the district’s agriculture barn.

Jeff Osborne is the editor of The Progress. He can be reached at 361-786-3022 or