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2015-07-23

Facilities planning leads July's BISD board agenda

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Bandera ISD Maintenance Director Ed Barnes presented a report on long-range facilities planning to the school district's board of trustees at their meeting, July 13.
Barnes and Superintendent Regina Howell had worked together on the report and Howell led off with some background information.
"In 2018-19 the bond on Hill Country Elementary will be paid off," she said. That will influence any long term planning as the district looks at funding facilities programs. As to the list of projects Barnes presented, Howell said that some of the items were things that were not approved by the voters in a bond passed in 2000, and others have been added to the list since then.
Barnes said the list had been started in 2011-12 to identify and prioritize facility needs in the district. "We've addressed some of them, others are stop gap solutions...some are recurring needs and some have been partially addressed," he said.
Items on the list such as water and septic or sewage system upgrades and wells on the campuses are "critical infrastructure and have priority," he said.
Barnes told the board that roofs on all four campuses need work, but the Bandera Middle School campus has a serious problem in the library area. Also, "Alkek's roof is about 30 years old and a lot of parts need replacing."
Some doors need replacing throughout the district for security and safety reasons.
Also on the list for long range planning are upgrades to the high school auditorium. "It's had few upgrades since construction," Barnes said. The lighting and sound systems need replacing, which requires upgrading of the electrical system.
New and more secure lockers are still needed in the boys' locker room at BHS. A nonprofit group, BACIT, paid for the replacement of lockers in the girls' dressing rooms last year. "Kids have phones and other electronic devices that need to be secured," Barnes said.
Some improvements were made at the middle school stadium last year, including work on the bleachers and a weight room, but more remains to be done.
In addition, the parking lot at BHS needs improved lighting. "If you pick up your kids late at night, you know it's a problem," Barnes said.
As the board goes into planning for the 2015-16 FY budget, they will need to consider priorities on some or all of these items.
In other business, the board:
• Granted a 1-year extension on contracts with Hilltop Landscaping and with Roger Schultz for grounds maintenance at the district's facilities. Schultz does Bandera Middle School, and Hilltop does the rest. Neither business requested an increase in fees.
• Adopted a modification in the Student Code of Conduct, pages 12 and 13 regarding weapons.
Under the leadership of new board President Laurie Neff, no discussion was called for following any motion put to the board.