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Poth ISD OKs contractor for high school construction




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The Poth Independent School District (ISD) board of trustees has settled on the general contractor for construction of a major high school addition in one of several significant actions it took during its March 19 meeting.

“There were 11 bids, four within 2 percent of each other,” said Daniel Perez, the school architect, before stating that Stokes Construction had the winning bid of $3,317,182 for the proposed construction, which includes $75,000 for contingencies. Besides the price itself, he said he looked at the bidders’ reputations, similar projects, and personnel.

Perez explained that two aspects of the project, which the board had said could be dropped if the price was too high, will be covered by the bid. One of these is making an entrance from Dixon Street and the other is converting a practice field into a parking lot. The new parking lot will be completed early in the project, since the planned construction will eliminate other parking.

Upon conclusion of Perez’s report, board members voted unanimously to approve Stokes Construction as the project’s general contractor.

The board also approved certification of two candidates who filed unopposed for two places on the school board in a special election scheduled for May 10. Because Roy Cruz and Richie Harris are unopposed, the board also approved to cancel the special election.

However, six candidates will vie for two positions on the board in the district’s general election. Superintendent Scott Caloss noted that Liz Clancy-Hrna and Laurie Sekula, whom the board appointed to fill those positions following resignations by their predecessors, have filed to run in that election, as have Anthony Cantu, Les Miller, Karla Blackstock, and Lance Malcher.

Also approved was a change to the district’s transfer policy, which previously denied any expelled student from ever attending a district school again. The change makes re-admittance of expelled students an option.

In other action, board members unanimously approved:

•The resignation of teacher Amy Lyssy.

•Employment of Tisha Pruski as a dance teacher and cheerleading sponsor.

•Extension of employment contracts for campus and central office administrators.

•Purchase of a school bus for the 2014-15 school year for $93,176 from Rush Bus Centers, Selma. Anticipated delivery is by the first day of the 2014-15 school year.

In attendance: Board President Wesley J. West and trustees Laurie Sekula, Leroy Garza, Darren Wiatrek, Robert Kilgore, Liz Clancy-Hrna, and Wade Harris.
 

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