Despite the wet weather, the Hesperia Unified school board meeting is likely to see fireworks this evening, with three hot-button issues before the often-contentious group.


The board will once again take up the issue of fees for busing. In June, district staff proposed annual fees of $120 to $300 per student. Board members vehemently objected, and as the budget for the school year didn't include that revenue in its projections, the fees were sent back to the staff for more crunching.


The school year began with elementary school students using bus passes for the first time, to cut down on ineligible students riding the bus and increasing demand for services. The reduction in bus costs has resulted in the staff coming back with new fee schedules that range from $50 to $125 per student.


The 2009 sale of surplus school police firearms to employees, board members and members of the general public is on the agenda at the request of board president Chris Bentley, who has been highly critical of the school police department.


The guns were not disposed of in accordance with the district's surplus property rules, according to Bentley and Superintendent Mark McKinney. Chief Mike Graham, who oversaw the trade-in of guns to manufacturer Sig Sauer and the sale of handguns to board member Hardy Black and former board president Robert Kirk, among others, is currently out on administrative leave.


Finally, the board will vote on rolling back previously announced boundary changes for Eucalyptus, Hollyvale and Maple Elementary Schools. The boundary changes were meant to save the district money, but the transfer of students from Hollyvale to the other two schools would end up costing the cash-strapped district more money in teacher hires, according to projections by Hollyvale's principal.


The boundary changes, which were to go into effect in the 2012-13 school year, would be postponed until a later date.


These issues are up for discussion 6 p.m. Monday in the HUSD Educational Support Center Annex, 15576 Main Street.


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