The countdown to a November bond election starts now.
At their meeting Monday, the Stephenville ISD board of trustees will consider calling an almost $34 million bond election to fund facility improvements at three of the district's six campuses - Chamberlin Elementary, Hook Elementary and Gilbert Intermediate. The latest revisions to the facility improvement plan, which originally addressed district-wide improvements with an estimated $58 million price tag, also includes the strategic abandonment of Central Elementary.
Through weekly work sessions and meetings with Daren Kirbo, of Huckabee and Associates Architects, the board reworked the original plan to only include improvements that would impact the district's Pre-Kindergarden - sixth grade students, and also decided to put improvements to Stephenville High School on the back burner for the time being.
The latest proposal addresses public concerns about the immediate need to improve conditions at the lower-level campuses, and according to Kirbo, also addresses about 80 percent of the facility deficiencies pointed out by an assessment study completed about one year ago. And if all goes as planned, the upgraded campuses will also accommodate an increased capacity of more than 500 students.
In addition to possibly calling the Nov. 2 election, the board will hear a report from Josh McLaughlin, a financial advisor with BOSC, Inc., regarding the latest revisions to a bond impact analysis prepared by the firm. The analysis will show the estimated impact of a successful bond election on taxpayers who own property within SISD.
Meanwhile, Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd will discuss a called meeting to conduct a required public hearing on the proposed budget and tax rate, tentatively set for Monday, Aug. 23 and second called meeting set for Monday, Aug. 30 to adopt the 2010-11 budget and tax rate and approve final budget amendments for the current fiscal year.
In other items of business, the board will:
• Hear accountability, staff development and curriculum alignment reports
• Consider approval of an Accelerated Instruction Waiver
• Consider a revision to local board policy, regarding the 5:30 p.m. board meeting start time
• Conduct a required annual review of the local policy relating to harassment procedures
• Hear a report on current financial statements
• Consider approval of salaries for the coming school year
• Hear the Responsive Education Solutions Report
The SISD board of trustees will meet Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the board room at the central administration office at 2655 W. Overhill Drive, across from the high school in Stephenville. The public is encouraged to attend.