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Poth ISD wrangles bond project ‘wish list’

By Jeff Valcher
Wilson County News


Poth Independent School District board President Les Miller discusses the first phase of the district’s $10 million bond construction project at a March 7 meeting. 
JEFF VALCHER/Reprints at bit.ly/wcnphotos Poth Independent School District board President Les Miller discusses the first phase of the district’s $10 million bond construction project at a March 7 meeting. JEFF VALCHER/Reprints at bit.ly/wcnphotos The Poth Independent School District is moving into the first phase of its $10 million bond construction project.

“Tonight we’re trying to get everyone on the same page,” said school board President Les Miller during a March 7 board of trustees meeting.

After visiting other schools, speaking with school staff, and hearing recommendations from the Facilities Planning Committee, board members had previously submitted their “piein the-sky wish list” to PBK Architects.

“I want to applaud the board for bringing the staff into the decision-making process,” said AGCM’s Central Texas Vice President Ryan Rosborough, who is serving as the project’s coordinator. “With most schools, the staff only sees the building after it’s done.”

The entire “wish list” was estimated to cost approximately $14 million to implement, according to Rosborough, leaving board members to choose which items the design team was to move forward on while remaining within the $10 million budget.

Preliminary building and renovation plans for the new career and technical education building, band hall, culinary arts room, weight room, and athletic field were presented to the board by PBK representatives Frank De La Rosa and Eric Martin.

“Everything you see here is going to change as we progress,” Rosborough said.

The costs presented to the board for each project were conservative numbers, he said, and were expected to go down “unless something dramatic happened.” Rosborough pointed to President Donald Trump’s proposed 25-percent steel tariff as a potential example.

“Ultimately the market tells us what this costs,” he said. “We’re trying to get within striking distance

— 10 to 15 percent of the [estimated] price.”

The board went through the project list and authorized the design team to proceed on the items listed in the table.

For more on the March 7 meeting, see “Meeting Watch” on page 12A.

jvalcher@wcn-online.com

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