By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – The Woodville ISD Board of Trustees acted to proceed with a finance plan to pay for the district-wide renovations that were approved in September.
The renovations will include putting a new roof on the high school building, HVAC replacement/repair and a district-wide installation of LED lighting, which will significantly decrease WISD’s energy costs.
The total cost for the projects comes to around $3.3 million. WISD Superintendent Glen Conner outlined the proposal for the phases of the project at the WISD board’s Monday, Oct. 15 meeting.
“Basically this is just a preliminary statement of what it will look like,” Conner said of the proposal to pay for the renovations.
Conner said the plan to finance consists of moving $1 million from the general fund balance, financing the rest with M&O tax revenue and potentially paying it off in 2020 pending a successful bond election for facility improvements. The plan will maintain the current tax rate as-is, Conner said.
Conner outlined the plan as Phase One of a two-phase project. The second is a proposed bond election.
Last month when the renovations were approved, the Board approved a contract for E3 Entegral Solutions to handle the renovations.
Campus Turnaround Plan cancelled
Karen Ford, WISD Director of Curriculum, addressed the trustees about the Turnaround Plan adopted by the district at the beginning of the year. Ford said the plan applied to WISD when it was in IR2 (Improvement Required, Year 2) status from TEA. “We are no longer in IR2,” Ford said.
Ford said WISD is already performing 75% of the turnaround plan and the existing 25% represents restructuring. She recommended to cancel the plan, as WISD is currently in a monitor state under TEA.
Other items on the WISD Board agenda that were discussed and/or acted upon at its monthly meeting last Monday also included:
• The approval of GASB 54 Resolution which commits unassigned fund balances to building projects, field turf replacement and contingencies for the current fiscal year. WISD Business Manager Cody Jarrott spoke about this agenda item, which is done annually to assign dollar amounts to committed fund balances. WISD committed $3.2 million for construction, $200k for the field turf replacement and a $1.2 million reduction for contingencies, which was added to the construction fund. Jarrott noted the increase in the construction earmark from the previous year is needed for the upcoming renovations.
• The trustees approved the appointment of Woodville businessman and civic leader Gil Tubb as WISD’s representative to the Tyler County Appraisal District Board of Directors.
• Trustees voted to change the date of the Nov. meeting of the WISD Board of Trustees to Thursday, Nov. 15.
• The date of Monday, Nov. 12 was approved as the date to canvass the election returns for the upcoming Nov. 6 election.