Pleasanton Primary addition is complete

The Pleasanton School Board members met in executive session for one and a half hours, discussing allowing Superintendent Dr. Matthew Mann the authority to hire contractual employees during the months of May 11 through September 12, 2016. When they returned to open session, Blasa Chapa made a motion to give Mann that authority; Edward Zamarripa seconded. Also voting in favor of the motion was Pete Pawelek, Jamie Downs and Pat Cox. Joseph Warnken was not present at the meeting. They also approved hiring a contract employee.

Mann delivered his report briefly, reminding the board that the End of Year Celebration would be held on June 3 beginning at 7:30 a.m. Service awards will be given out at this time. Graduation is scheduled for Saturday, June 4. He reminded the trustees of the upcoming TASB Summer Learning Institute that will be held in San Antonio on June 16 and 17.

When the Golden Knights were at the school recently, they presented Mann with the baton they used in their event. They only asked that it be kept in a place of honor. He, in turn, gave it to the JROTC, were it could be most appreciated.

The report on the construction showed that the Primary addition should be completed in June, since all the finishing work was being done. The Junior High and PIC renovations have begun; the rough-in is ongoing. Some of the High School renovation has begun, as well, with the continuing demolition and work on the parking lot. Work on both of these will get underway seriously when school is out. The Elementary location pad has been completed on one area; utilities and foundations are also underway. They are still waiting on the City for the building permit. The Ag Building is complete and they have officially received the Certificate of Occupancy from the City. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on May 17 at 5:30 p.m.

Jody Lemere, head of the IT Department, introduced E-rate to the board. This is a Federal program which will pick up some costs of connectivity and hardware, based on the percentage of students at poverty level who receive free lunches. There have been some recent changes and Lemere said that he thinks the funding can be best utilized for funding switches for the new buildings. The school will be going to VOIP (voice over internet protocol) for their phone service effective July 1, so that they will not need as much reimbursement for Internet and connectivity.

Moving on to the business portion of the meeting, three of the students from JROTC and their instructor requested permission to go to Washington, D.C. on June 20-28 for the National Championship. Out of 1,368 teams that first competed, this team came in first. Out of the second 571 teams competing, this team came in first with a tie with two other schools. This makes them one of 39 teams to advance to the national competition. They will also be able to go on educational sightseeing trips while there. The board gave them unanimous approval. President Frank Tudyk, Jr. said he expected pictures from them when they return.

The High School Volleyball team would also like to take a trip to Florida on Labor Day, 2017. They are asking in advance so they can begin the required fundraising. The trustees approved their request, unanimously.The board approved the Local Update 104 to the board policies as required by the state. These deal mainly with curricula and instruction.

Fiber optic cable will be run to the Ag Building, for security cameras and Internet connection.

Contrax furniture was approved as the vendor for the art, life skills and science rooms in High School. The quote is $337,877 and covers 40 classrooms. This company is a part of the purchasing co-op so they did not have to go out for bids and the funding comes under the bond.

The current Suburban that the school owns has over 100,000 miles on it and they just spent $4,000 to fix a rear axle. It was requested that the district be allowed to purchase another one, for the amount of $39,047. Downs inquired if local vendors had been asked for bids, but they had not. This was, again, being purchased through the purchasing co-op. The board approved the acquisition, with Downs abstaining.

A small 14 passenger bus was requested for the CTE Department and would be used just locally for things such as field trips. This “student mover” did not require anyone with a CDL, so teachers would be able to drive the vehicle. The motion was made to purchase and passed unanimously.

There were four budget amendments to consider for the month, but only one had to be approved by the board. A budget workshop was scheduled for Monday, June 20 at 5 p.m.

Finally, the retainer with Walsh, Gallegos, Trevino, Russo & Kyle P.C. Attorney at Law was renewed. This firm has been used by the district for several years and they are very satisfied with their service.

Meeting adjourned at 9:23 p.m.

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