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School board approves LV campus construction
Wilson County NewsMay 1, 2013 | 3,443 views | 1 comment
LA VERNIA -- Renovations to the high school will take place this summer, following approval April 22 by the La Vernia Independent School District board of a bid for the planned work.
According to Superintendent Tom Harvey after the meeting, seven bids were received, with the bid awarded to Stokes Construction for $2,435,884.
“The project includes renovated classrooms, enhanced Agri-Science facilities, rehearsal space for our dance team and cheerleaders, and renovated space for athletic lockers, new air conditioning, and some electrical and plumbing infrastructure throughout the facility,” Harvey said.
The bulk of the renovations will be in the last wing of the high school annex, formerly the elementary school -- which was not renovated during previous bond construction -- and in the agri-science part of the campus. That wing of the high school was not renovated during the bond construction.
The project will be funded out of fund balance that has been designated for construction, the superintendent said; the district will not borrow money for this.
The trustees also appoved a change order for “miscellaneous projects” during the April 22 regular meeting. The original contract was for $398,000. The project, when completed, cost $374,126.
“This means the project was completed under budget,” Harvey said.
In other matters, finance personnel Laura Ramzinski and Shannon Blandford presented information regarding the changes district employees will encounter with the TRS Health Insurance. This was a discussion-only item.
Trustees also discussed and approved new pay scales for district employees, affecting all positions, Harvey said.
“Salaries have been frozen for two years,” he advised. “The board approved a 5-percent adjustment for next year.”
Technology Director Allen Bordelon and La Vernia High School Principal Cheryl Young discussed the addition of bandwidth and plans for upcoming technology training.
The school board also recognized a number of students for acquitting themselves well on behalf of the district, the superintendent said. These included qualifiers to the UIL State academic contest and Odyssey of the Mind teams who are going to the world finals in Michigan in May.
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