There was a packed house at the Dublin Independent School District’s board of trustees meeting Tuesday - and the news was good.

Judy Warner told the board about EXCELS, a program at the Intermediate School, which stands for Engage, eXplore, Communicate, Empower and Launch to Success.

“This is what the teachers and the staff try to give each student every day,” she explained. “We engage them in the material, and encourage them to explore the information. We try to communicate clearly to every student we encounter while empowering them to launch their way to the successes we prepared them for.”

Fifth grade students were asked to write an answer to the question, “Ten years from now, what will you remember about Dublin Intermediate School?”

“I never want to forget how nice and thoughtful my friends, teachers and classmates were and how they always helped me when I needed it,” Dana Baugh wrote. “I will remember Dublin Intermediate and all of this because they are all locked in my heart.”

Two students, Landon Jones and Carter Moore, told the board what they loved and would remember.

Jones said she would remember Keystone and that the program taught her kindness, courage and self-control. Moore said he enjoyed going to Camp Grady Spruce and how he and his classmates grew close.

During a report of the High School, math teacher, Casey Stone, described a new Benchmark program. The program measures how the students are progressing in each core class, allowing teachers to make assessments and adjustments throughout the year.

The high school is also in the process of providing the students with online courses. While the program is in the beginning stages of development, teachers and faculty say they are pleased to offer this in years to come.

Another new program at DHS this year is Fish Camp, which took place the week before school started. Research done by the staff discovered incoming freshmen felt overwhelmed and school officials wanted to ease the pressure. Before the school year began, freshmen came to school to receive locker combinations and class schedules — and even went on scavenger hunts to find teachers and classrooms.

In other business, Superintendent Roy Neff told the board that he sent letters to parents letting them know students will no longer be allowed to ride the buses from campus to campus. He said this was causing a safety issue because the buses were overcrowded and the children were unattended on the other campuses.

“If anyone wants to file a complaint about me not letting students ride the buses campus to campus, they are more than welcome to come into the office and fill out a form,” Neff said. “If they can convince me to change my mind, I’m willing to listen, but if not, then they can bring it to you (the board) and we’ll go from there. But as of now, the only campus-to-campus riders we will allow are students who have parents working on other campuses.”

Julie Luke said she used the service because she felt it was a way to solve the traffic problem at the elementary school and save time picking up her children.

“If we are not letting these children ride the buses in the name of safety, as Mr. Neff has said in his letter, then in the name of safety we shouldn’t be turning them out into the streets either,” she told the board. “If there are nearly 200 students who are using this service, maybe it’s because we need it!”