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Trustees select Construction Manager

by Dolores Hamilton
The Iowa Park CISD School Board has approved Pete Durant & Associates Inc. of Fort Worth as Construction Manager for renovations at the high school and athletic complex that were approved in the recent bond election.

During the board’s regular meeting Thursday night, Superintendent Jerry Baird told them they had received eight bids for the position. A five-person committee, working along with architect Jacky Lebow, had interviewed the finalists and narrowed it down to the Fort Worth contractor. He asked board member Mark Kyle, who was on the committee, to tell about the selection process and why they were recommending this company.

“Each of the bidders was well qualified and they were all good candidates,” Kyle said. “After we went through all of them, we came down to one that had a really good fit with the group. They were well experienced in field turf, track and athletic complexes, and right at 60 percent of their work is education.”

The other trustees agreed that Durant was a good choice and voted unanimously to approve them as Construction Manager.

“The architects, Secord and Lebow, have a pretty aggressive schedule and they are very comfortable with this group,” Baird said. Kyle agreed, saying, “It’s a very tight schedule with a lot being done in 18 months.”

Baird said they should start turning dirt by November 1, and probably start with demolition of the old field house. Apex Geoscience is currently drilling for core samples at the athletic complex, which is a prerequisite to the upcoming construction.

The board members also approved an Architect Contract with Secord & Lebow.
The Services Contract for 2012-2013 with Region 9 Educational Service Center was approved, and will cost $76,382. Baird said the amount has been increasing two and a half to three percent a year due to the state also reducing funding for the service centers.

School lunch prices will be slightly higher this year, with lunches going up five cents at the elementary schools, and 10 cents at the middle school and high school.

Following are the prices for the 2012-2013 school year: Kidwell elementary, $1.85; Bradford Elementary, $2.10; W.F. George Middle School, $2.40; Iowa Park High School, $2.40, adults (all campuses) $2.75; and guests (all campuses) $3.25.

The school district will continue to provide free breakfast for all district students.

To alleviate congestion at Kidwell Elementary when parents are picking up their children after school, trustees approved having the city cut an access entry off of 3rd St. so cars can park in an area north of the campus.

In other action the board approved a list of items including computers, monitors and printers as surplus property. They also voted to remove Health, which is no longer a requirement for graduation, from the high school curriculum and students may replace it with an elective.

During the Superintendent’s Report, Baird told of summer maintenance projects, including refoaming the roofs at the middle school and elementary school gyms.

Assistant Superintendent said they are getting bids for heating and air conditioning units at Kidwell, lighting upgrades for the elementary gyms, and at the middle school the locker rooms have been painted and new lockers will be installed.

Baird recommended that the school continue leasing the pond from Burlington-Northern Railroad for use in watering areas at the high school.

Also, Baird said he talked to band director Greg Miller and recommended that the high school band not make the trip to Pampa for the first football game. He said it is a long trip in the school buses, and it will be hot.

Trustees discussed threatened litigation concerning industrial waste that was transported in 1989, along with industrial waste from other local sources, and delivered to a hazardous waste dump in Amelia, LA. Subsequent litigation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) alleges that the hazardous material was utilized in road construction material.

An initial offer by the litigant’s attorneys asked for $10,000 from the district to be released from liabilities brought on by the suit. Trustees agreed to table the issue until Sept. 30, pending further investigation.

Following an executive session, the following teachers were hired: Dana Griffin, paraprofessional at Bradford; Sabrina Huston, Agriculture Science instructor at high school; Heather Brown, Learning Lab aide at the middle school; Mendi Patterson, English/coach at middle school; Francie Stamford, English/Language Arts at middle school; and Carl S. Brown, S.S. teacher/boys’ coach at high school.

Transfers include: Amanda McMillan, from Bradford aide to high school technology instructor; Carol Olds from middle school 7th grade reading to 4th grade teacher at Bradford; and Christy Moulton from Kidwell crossing guard to Bradford P.E. aide.

Resignations were accepted from the following: Geri Merrick, high school aide; Jon Keller, high school world geography teacher/coach; Shea Chambers, Bradford 4th grade teacher; and Joseph Baka, Bradford special education aide.

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