Friday, December 15, 2017

Carroll ISD Board Approves Purchase of 16 New Buses

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:

  • Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Janet McDade gave trustees an overview presentation on the recent meeting of Carroll’s new Resiliency Committee. The committee is focused on how to build resiliency within Carroll students.
  • Assistant Superintendent for Board & Community Relations Julie Thannum presented the bond communications plan to the Board. The project will be very student-focused and feature visuals including current Carroll students.
  • Trustees approved the Local Innovation Plan for District of Innovation. The District Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting to consider the final version of the proposed plan on November 14,  and DAC will vote at that time on the final plan. Trustees will have second reading of the plan at their December 4 meeting.
  • The Board approved the purchase of 10 new Broadcast Carts from Delcom at a cost not to exceed $100,000. This purchase was a part of the technology upgrades approved in the 2017 Bond Program.
  • Trustees approved the purchase of new Cisco servers from Netsync Network Solutions at a cost not to exceed $720,000. This purchase was also a part of the technology upgrades approved in the 2017 Bond Program.
  • The Board approved the purchase of classroom AV systems for Johnson Elementary, Carroll Elementary, Durham Intermediate, and Carroll High School from Delcom at a cost not to exceed $2,480,000. This purchase was part of a multi-phase plan to upgrade AV systems throughout the district approved by voters in the 2017 Bond Program.
  • The Board moved to approve the construction delivery method of Construction Manager At-Risk for the school additions and renovations at Johnson Elementary, Carroll Elementary, and Old Union Elementary School, and the Carroll Sr. High School Baseball / Softball Complex Phase II project.

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.

 

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