JISD renovation continues
Jacksboro ISD officials continued making progress for the renovation of the two gyms destroyed by the March tornado.
As part of its June 13 meeting, board members gave Superintendent Brad Burnett the authority to proceed with procuring construction services for both the JHS and JES gym projects and to determine the method that will be done. Burnett said a subcommittee of himself, administration members and up to three board members will be part of that group to pick a construction manager at-risk.
The request for proposals ends June 28 and the subcommittee has many options on how many it cares to interview once it receives the proposals, according to Sam Kenshalo with Harper Perkins Architects. Normally between one and three candidates are interviewed but he has seen as high as six.
Once a CMAR is hired, they will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the construction site and absorbing additional costs that may come up on the site.
In other news during the 1:47 meeting:
• Principals at all three schools gave monthly reports and admitted being concerned about the school’s Average Daily Attendance (ADA) rates for the school year, which ranged from 92-95 percent. The trio admitted that has to go up next year, acknowledging teachers can’t teach and students can’t learn if they’re not in school. Ideas to communicate that are forthcoming, including at Back to School events later this summer.
• The district will also have a new Website which goes live later this month, Director of Technology Brett Thomas explained. The new website will enable video and give people the chance to load things onto the website much quicker.
A new feature which the district hopes to develop will be to spotlight athletes, alumni, and staff members for what they’re doing.
“We want to control our message effectively,” Thomas explained. “No one tells our story better than we do.”
• Some minor changes were made to the dress code for the next school year, including the banning of leggings for girls. Burnett said there’s still plenty of bottoms girls can wear including joggers, sweatpants, jeans, and shorts.
“We want to hold our standards high for our community,” Burnett said.