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ECISD approves construction
EAST CENTRAL -- The subject of construction dominated much of the meeting April 18, as the East Central Independent School District (ISD) board of trustees met.
Nearly $1 million in spending was authorized to make additions and renovations at Legacy Middle School and East Central High School. At Legacy, the district will spend $514,900 to install a new eight-lane track around the football field. When the school was first constructed, no track was built. The need for a track is obviously there, and the district feels that now is the time to build. Hellas Construction will handle the build, and has a solid relationship with East Central ISD. Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations Jim Selby said Hellas recently installed the new turf and track in Hornet Stadium, and also constructed the new tennis courts.
Over at the high school, $440,000 will be spent to update and expand the restroom facilities at Hornet Stadium. The current facilities on each side of the stadium will be renovated and brought up to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards. In addition to the renovations, two new facilities also will be constructed, placing one on each side of the stadium. The new facilities will effectively double what is currently available at the stadium. Selby explained that with the size of the crowds often present at Hornet Stadium, these additional facilities are needed.
Also on the topic of construction, the trustees agreed to allow the district to seek sealed proposals to complete entryway renovations at Heritage Middle School, Legacy Middle School, Oak Crest Intermediate School, Harmony Elementary School, Sinclair Elementary School, and Highland Forest Elementary School. Superintendent Gary Patterson said that in the past, schools were designed with the idea of keeping kids in, but that as times have changed, district leaders must now consider ways to keep unauthorized people out. He said improving security has been a consideration for some time now, but that recent events have prompted them to accelerate their efforts.
In other business, the trustees approved:
•To terminate the contract of a Legacy Middle School teacher
•Nonrenewal of the contract of a Heritage Middle School teacher.
•Changing term life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance from Hartford to ING, saving the district money, while providing employees with cheaper options for extended coverage.
Aug. 23 East Central ISD meeting
In attendance: Board President Steve Bryant; trustees James Mulkey, Claudia Barrientos, and Randall Gearhart; Superintendent Gary Patterson, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations Jim Selby, and various members of the district’s staff and administration.
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