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Poth trustees set sights on new school facilities
POTH -- Voters in the Poth Independent School District (ISD) have approved a bond issue for construction of district facilities; this was the declared result of the May 11 general election following a canvass of votes during the May 15 regular school board meeting.
Superintendent Scott Caloss and the trustees discussed the plan for the coming months. The board is developing a 10-year facilities plan, which will guide the district.
“Hopefully, towards the end of this year, we’ll have a good idea, as far as facilities, what we want to do in the future,” Caloss said of the district’s short-term timetable. He expects ground to be broken in late October for the new facilities after preliminary preparations are made over the summer.
Bond construction will include improvements on the district campuses, among these the cafeteria/auditorium that serves all the campuses, and an additional building on the high school campus to contain science classrooms and labs, a Life Skills classroom, and more.
Caloss also detailed the district’s plans for the summer break. According to his report, two lockable doors will be installed on both sides of the breezeway of the junior high school where two iron gates currently stand.
At present, the gates are padlocked shut at all times. The new doors, set in new walls connecting the two structures, would allow staff and students to exit while keeping the interior of the breezeway inaccessible from the outside without a key.
Caloss also said a security door will be added to the elementary campus. The electronic door will operate remotely and will open only with the approval of administrators in the office.
In other business, the trustees received an update on the junior and senior dual-credit program. As reported by the superintendent, St. Philip’s College in San Antonio will again offer free tuition to Poth students. While remaining with St. Philip’s, Poth ISD also will begin working with Coastal Bend College for the 2013-14 school year.
Also announced during the meeting, the trustees will take turns attending the district’s Education Foundation meetings, in an effort to distribute this responsibility evenly. This was described as an increase in full-circle involvement and will promote equitable sharing of obligation across the board.
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