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School trustees updated on construction

by Dolores Hamilton
Iowa Park school trustees were given an update on renovations at Hawk Stadium and work on buildings on each campus during their meeting Tuesday night.

Attending the meeting to answer questions were architect Jackie Lebow, general contractors Darrel and Rodney Durant, and construction manager John Spillers.

“Things are moving along quite rapidly,” Lebow told the trustees. He described work being done on the press box, concession building, field house and site work. Also, work on the high school auditorium is almost finished. “It’s really first class, the whole thing is coming together real well,” Lebow said. He added that grass has been sodded on berms at the stadium and around the high school.

Board President Steve Fairchild asked about the timeline on completion of the stadium and if it would be ready for a football game on Oct. 4.

“I can probably have the football team and band in there practicing by then,” answered Spillers. But he didn’t think the stadium would be ready for a football game. “There are a lot of little pieces left to do, and it will take about three weeks to finish the site work,” he said. “A lot of things have to happen, and having the first home game here on Oct. 25 would be more realistic.”

IPCISD police officer Randy Alsup reported on safety and security measures that have been installed on the campuses.

The entrances have been redesigned, door locking systems and camera systems have been added. There are security cameras on all campuses, upgraded interior and exterior door locks, radio systems are in place, and students are taking part in safety drills.

“The district has taken measures to enhance the safety and security of our students and staff,” said School Superintendent Steve Moody. “The school board, administration and staff have worked diligently to make our schools safer for the students.”

Action taken by the board included approval of a 4-H resolution to certify Adjunct Teachers; approval of fundraisers for the 2013-14 school year; and approval to retain a school attorney.

Favorable start of school reports were given by the principal of each campus, and enrollment figures for the first week of school were discussed. The number of students enrolled this year is 1781. Moody said the district’s goal is to reach the 1800 mark. Board training and the upcoming TASB convention were discussed.