PISD board approves schematic

Susie Butter’s Challenge Class gave the Primary School report at the Pleasanton School Board meeting in January. Each student had a part to play and all did so with enthusiasm and confidence. It was a delight for all who got to watch it.

Under the Superintendent’s report, Dr. Matthew Mann reminded the board members of the upcoming TASB Winter Governance and Legal seminar which will be held in Corpus Christi in February. He announced that the stock show was going on this week and many of the sports have started up again, including track, golf, tennis and baseball.

A tax collection report was given by Ronald Rocha, representing Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, LLP Attorneys at Law. He briefly went over the timeline for taxes, pointing out that if they are paid before January, there are no penalties. Delinquent letters are sent out in July, with a follow-up in September, if the account has not been paid. Folks can set up a payment plan for up to three years. If they still do not pay any on their delinquent taxes, the next step is to file a lawsuit. An inspection will be done to make sure the property is correct and valid on the rolls before the property goes to court. After all the steps were taken, there were only 11 set to be sold. Two were paid in full and three were sold before further action was taken. With bankruptcies and other actions, there were only two cases by the end of the year.

Representatives from JOERIS Construction and LPA Architects gave brief updates on where the current construction stands. Bid documents for the High School and Junior High will be ready by January 25. In the Primary addition, all utilities are complete, the steel erection is underway and the roofing should be in place by next Friday. Next month, the metal insulation, framing, rough-in and wall panels should be installed. The secondary slab for the Ag barn is complete and changes the slope: the utilities are completed and the structural steel is being erected. Next month, all the site concrete should be completed, along with the masonry walls and the rough-in.

Sara from LPA Architects explained some figures on the savings for switching to LED lighting, as requested last month by Trustee Edward Zamarripa. For the Junior High and High School, there should be about a 50% savings. The lighting is better because it is closer to daylight than the standard lighting.

The minutes of the December 8 meeting were approved unanimously, with Blasa Chapa making the motion and Pete Pawelek seconding. Also voting for the approval were Zamarripa and Joseph Warnken. President Frank Tudyk was presiding: board members Jamie Downs and Pat Cox were not in attendance.

The board voted unanimously to approve the schematic designs and design development documents for the Elementary, Junior High, High School and Intermediate Campus project. Dr. Mann was given the go ahead to release the documents for bidding, when they were completed by the architect.

The second reading was held for DEC (LOCAL) and Local Policy Update 103 as recommended by TASB. The Policy update was approved unanimously.

Scott Stephens gave the financial report, saying that 26.9% of the taxes have been collected. Money was moved to a different code in order to pay the salary of a counselor that was hired, with money from the Camino Real funds.

The board retired into closed session at 8:15 p.m.

Upon returning at 9:07 p.m., they voted to table the approval of the Policy Update 103. Two contract employees were announced and the meeting was adjourned at 9:08 p.m.

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