The Carroll ISD School Board met November 13 to purchase new school buses and approve the architectural firm for the new music center at Carroll Senior High School.
Scott Wrehe,Assistant Superintendent for Financial Services, asked the Board to consider the purchase of new buses to continue the first year of the district’s bus replacement program. The 2017 Bond Program includes a plan to replace all 77 buses with new vehicles over the next five years. The first year of the bus replacement program includes the purchase of eleven regular 77-passenger buses, three buses for special needs students, two 47-passenger buses, and two large activity buses. The activity buses were approved at the October 16 Board meeting.
School officials say all the buses will meet the new legislation regarding three-point seatbelts, safety vision camera systems and they will also have a five-year warranty. The buses are slated to arrive sometime next spring.
Also on the agenda was the naming of an architectural firm to design the new Music Center at Carroll Senior High School approved by voters in the May 2017 Bond election. Recently, the Bond Advisory Committee (BAC) and members of CISD Administration toured various DFW school district facilities dedicated to music and fine arts. BAC identified Huckabee Inc. as the lead firm to deliver on the needs identified for the Music Center. Trustees approved Huckabee Inc. as the architect for the music center project at CSHS. The project is projected to be completed by spring 2019.
The pledges at Monday’s meeting were led by Michael Mazey and Matt Forman, eighth graders at Dawson Middle School. The Board then recognized Sarah Embry, who was introduced by Southlake Mayor Laura Hill. Sarah is a senior at Carroll Senior High School who won a scholarship for writing the winning essay for the Celebrate Southlake event to rededicate Frank Cornish IV Park at Southlake Town Square. Embry read her moving essay about what makes Southlake a special place. She won a $1,000 scholarship check from Downey Publishing.
The Board also recognized the Carroll Cross Country program for their outstanding performance at the UIL State Meet. The meet was held in Round Rock recently, and both teams finished in the top three. The Carroll boy’s team won second place in the state meet, and the girl’s team won third.
Other items on the agenda for the Board to hear or take action on during the meeting included:
The Carroll School Board has called a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. Monday, November 27 to consider action on several 2017 Bond projects. School officials say special meetings may be posted throughout the life of the bond to ensure projects stay on track for completion in time for student use as soon as possible.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Carroll ISD Board is slated for December 4, 2017.