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Bond Construction on Track

Bond Construction on Track
Several projects underway around the district 
 
 
At a board special session on Tuesday, June 14, board members received an update on bond construction projects taking place throughout the district.
 
At Kirby Middle School, a new HVAC system is being installed. In addition, construction crews are lowering the ceiling and dividing rooms to better utilize the current classroom space.
 
"If you haven't been in Kirby in a while, go out there. It will look a lot different to you," said WFISD Superintendent Mike Kuhrt. "It's a lot more than HVAC."
 
Kerry Maroney of Biggs & Mathews, Inc. updated board members on the progress at the Memorial Stadium parking lot. The project has gone well so far, he said. The majority of the paving will be completed within the next two weeks. So far, the project has come in under budget because not as much material is being used as was first estimated.
 
"The project has gone smoother that we anticipated," Maroney said. "Freeman (Paving) has gotten on it in order to keep the project on schedule."
 
If the project continues to come in under budget, it is possible that additional drainage systems could be rebuilt or repaired, he said. Additional stabilization could also be added to the stadium's inner circle drive. The process was already done on the outer side of the parking lot to stabilize its soft areas.
 
Anthony Inman of Inman Construction, Inc. gave an update on the Barwise and McNiel Middle School projects. He pointed out that everything is moving along on schedule. He anticipates that the completed additions to both schools will be turned over to the district in July so furniture will be in place before teachers return in August. 
 
The entire roof at Barwise Middle School, with the exception of one area, has been replaced. Inman requested the board fund that last section at a cost of $170,000. Mr. Kuhrt recommended that the board use money from the maintenance tax note to offset the cost to replace the remaining part of the roof.
 
No action was taken on the matter today. 
 
Budget Amendments
Chief Financial Officer Jan Arrington presented budget amendment reports to the board. General operating local revenues reflect a proposed increase of $13,190; general operating expenditures reflect a proposed increase of $13,190 for funds received from Region 9 Education Service Center to pay for stipends for completed professional development.
 
There were no proposed increases or decreases to the child nutrition or debt service fund budgets. The overall impact of the proposed cross-function transfers and revisions does not change the fund balance in the general operating, child nutrition or debt service funds, said Ms. Arrington. 
 
Board members approved the budget amendments in a 5-0 vote.
 
Food Service Ice Cream Bid 
Ms. Arrington recommended that the board grant the Food Service Ice Cream RFP to Klement Ice Cream Vendors of Decatur, Texas.
 
The contract term is for one year from August 1, 2016 through July 31, 2017. The total anticipated expenditure/revenue is approximately $65,000.
 
Ms. Arrington explained that normally the price of the bid is reviewed first and then previous experience is considered.
 
Board members asked to see information about the other vendors who submitted bids before taking action Monday night.
 
Burgess Elementary Standardized Dress Proposal
Executive Director of School Administration Debby Patterson asked the board to consider the request from Burgess Elementary's site-based committee to move to standardized dress for the 2016-2017 school year.

The site-based team has been meeting since August 2015 to evaluate strategies to improve student performance and behavior. The committee suggested implementing standardized dress as one possible strategy. Parents were surveyed, and 72 percent of the parents who returned the survey favored a standardized dress code. 
 
No action was taken but the board is expected to take action Monday, June 20.
 
Policy
Mrs. Patterson asked the board to consider local policy changes as recommended by TASB Policy Service. The majority of the policy changes concern Update 104. No action was taken, but board members were asked to review the policy changes prior to Monday's meeting.
 
Hiring
In a 5-0 vote, board members approved the proposed teacher applicant pool, hiring 23 new teachers.
 
In addition, board members approved contract changes for 16 administrators.
 
Board Matters 
Board members discussed the nomination of a trustee from the local board for the Region 9 TASB Board (Texas Association of School Boards). The position is currently held by Board of Trustee Bob Payton. However, Mr. Payton has indicated he is not interested in re-election if someone else is interested in the position.
 
In a 5-0 vote, board members renewed Superintendent Mike Kuhrt's contract through 2020 and gave him a three percent raise.