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Eagle Ford: Poth trustees consider new science complex
WCN CorrespondentOctober 17, 2012 | 1,782 views | 1 comment
POTH -- Despite its innocuous appearance on the agenda, a report by Superintendent Scott Caloss concerning a proposed new science complex initiated almost an hour of discussion during the Poth Independent School District’s (ISD) Oct. 8 school board meeting. The report was intended to provide the board with insight on the project’s progress.
Currently, Caloss said, there are two possible options for the stand-alone structure. To construct three fully functioning science labs and one extra classroom, the cost is estimated at $1.6 million. A second option, however, would add four labs and two more classrooms to the school for a total of $2.1 million.
Reviewing these costs, the subject of a new high school emerged again.
However, the board decided that an entirely new high school would cost the district too much at a time when there is no need.
Going around the table, each board member was invited to voice his specific opinion; this resulted in a consensus to only construct the science complex at this point in time.
The proposed complex also will allow the district to add on to the structure and expand within the same piece of property when necessary, without the considerable construction costs of an entirely new high school.
This was only a report, though, and no final decision will be forthcoming until the proposal appears as an item for action on a future board agenda. According to Caloss, this could be as soon as the December or January board meeting.
In other business, the trustees heard that the Poth ISD failed to meet the government-mandated Average Yearly Progress (AYP) goal in mathematics, so is now obligated to correct the reported weak areas.
Part of the No Child Left Behind policy, AYP goals attempt to promote a positive trend in the correlation between ethnic minorities and passing grades.
It is hoped the district can improve in this regard through instructional assessment, as well as correction.
Also related to district performance, the trustees discussed possible participation in a cooperative application for a Race To The Top grant. A group, led by the Edgewood ISD and described as a consortium of 10 schools from throughout South Texas, plans to apply for the grant, which would provide the applicant schools with a total of $40 million over four years, to be used on various projects.
Race To The Top also will provide instructional coaches to the participating schools. The board must submit a Memorandum of Understanding by the end of October to join the group in its application.
Poth ISD regular board meeting Oct. 8. In attendance: Board members Leroy Garza, Bob Kilgore, Wesley West, Wade Harris, Anthony Cantu, Darren Wiatrek, and Superintendent Scott Caloss
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