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FCISD continues expansion talks
FALLS CITY -- A facilities assessment for the Falls City Independent School District (ISD), being performed by architecture firm Huckabee & Associates, is ongoing, said Superintendent Tylor Chaplin following the Nov. 20 board of trustees meeting.
The study is aimed at determining whether to expand the district’s current building on North Nelson Street or to build a new one near the corner of U.S. 181 and C.R. 212. Chaplin said the results should be presented to the board at its Dec. 18 meeting. From there, a bond steering committee will hear the plan and gather information from ongoing community surveys. The committee will make a recommendation to the full board at a Feb. 5, 2014, special meeting. The board then will vote 13 days later whether to hold a bond election in May.
With regard to the property at the corner of U.S. 181 and C.R. 212, Chaplin said the purchase transaction should be finalized by Nov. 27. Lawyers for both sides are working to make sure that Falls City ISD maintains all surface rights, despite ongoing oil and natural gas exploration in the area.
Also during the meeting, the board voted unanimously to revise its student-transfer policy, now allowing a limited number of students residing outside the Falls City ISD to attend school there tuition-free. The change, with certain restrictions, will take effect during the second semester of the current school year. For more information, call the district’s administration office at 830-254-3551.
Both the transfer policy and the expansion plan will be the subject of a community meeting. All interested parties are invited to the Holy Trinity parish hall -- locally known as the Falls City Diner -- Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m.
In other business, the Dec. 18 board of trustees meeting is set to begin one hour earlier at 6 p.m.
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