By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – The Woodville ISD Board of Trustees voted to approve a contract for a project that will result in some infrastructure improvements across the district.
At its meeting on Monday, Sept. 17, the board approved a contract for E3 Entegral Solutions to repair the roof on the high school building and to handle district-wide HVAC and lighting replacement.
Jared McCurley of E3 gave a presentation to the trustees at their regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 17. McCurley outlined what options WISD has in accordance to existing building codes. One option, which he called “extremely expensive and extremely invasive” is to tear the entire roof off and replace it along with the insulation. The other option involves a spray-on application of applied roof coating, which meets code requirements and is not considered a separate roofing system.
McCurley said the spray-on roofing material carries a 15-year warranty and will fix existing problems with the high school roof.
McCurley gave the trustees and WISD Superintendent Glen Conner a list of the work needing to be done across the district and outlined the HVAC equipment replacements and repairs needed, which include the replacement of two rooftop units and ground-level heat pumps.
The district-wide LED lighting replacement option outlined in McCurley’s presentation would result in a “large impact on utility costs as well as the environment,” he said. LEDs use 70% less electricity than fluorescent lighting, according to McCurley.
The total cost for the project is $3.29 million, with the roof repair costing $628,762; the HVAC work $2.33 million and the LED light replacement at $341,291.
Facilities use policy discussed
Conner brought the trustees up to date on discussion concerning the use of WISD facilities by different organizations and individuals.
Currently the policy is open as to how district facilities are used with few restrictions. Conner said that the use of the facilities is primarily designated for non-profit groups and activities and that in attempting to develop the policy, he has researched other districts’ local policies about facility usage. “My suggestion is we abide by [the current policy] for the time being,” he said.
Conner said that one district’s policy limited district facilities be used for activities that involve children of school-age only.
In his report later in the meeting Conner mentioned in a planned event in March at the Eagle Summit in celebration of Texas Independence Day. Jim Goodman, a local resident, is planning the event and trying to get Gov. Greg Abbott to appear. The event, which will include a barbecue cook-off and entertainment, is still in the planning stages but Goodman has secured the venue for the event and is in discussion with local and state leaders to participate.
• Trustees approved the purchase of a new 54-passenger bus with a lift. The total cost for the vehicle will be around $105K.
• Trustees approved the WISD District Goals for the 2018-19 school year. The new goals statement includes an emphasis on safety across the district.