Kilgore ISD releases early for Friday game

Buses will run half-hour sooner Sept. 21

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KISD will release students early from all campuses at 2:50 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 to allow bus drivers enough time to transport KHS students to a football game in Texarkana.

The KHS Bulldogs are going up against the Texas High Tigers on Friday at 7 p.m. The game, originally set for 7:30 p.m., was rescheduled at the last minute, prompting the need for early release.

KISD Interim Superintendent Mike Morrison said the football team had transportation to the game but other students would need to be taken by district bus drivers.

“We need bus drivers to take the band and the cheerleaders and the Hi-Steppers,” Morrison said. “The football team, their coaches will drive those buses. The game is at 7 p.m. instead of 7:30 p.m. We didn’t find that out until Sunday. It was brought to my attention that if the bus drivers go by their normal routes, they couldn’t leave until 5 o’clock. It’s about a two hour drive and they would be getting there just as the game started.”

Morrison explained the band students, cheerleaders and Hi-Steppers would not have enough time to perform the school song before the game and get ready for their performances during the game.

He went on to say this type of schedule change did not happen very often during the regular football season. When it does happen, he said, it usually happens during the playoff season when the Bulldogs travel farther to compete against teams a large distance away.

Morrison said students would not have to make up for missing class time due to the early release.

“They’ll be at all their classes,” he said. “They will have a shortened schedule.”

He added he did not expect this type of schedule change to occur again because Texarkana is the farthest the Bulldogs will have to travel during the regular season.

Asked if the school ever hired charter buses for such events, Morrison said “You could, but that’s a pretty good expense, so we try not to.”

He added a notice was posted on the district’s Facebook page Monday and the district was calling parents to notify them of the early release. Also, each campus will contact parents with a note, letter, email or some type of notice to inform them of the district-wide early release.

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