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Board kicks off paving project

By Bob Buckel | Published Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Work should start Monday on a $1.15 million paving project around Alvord High School and Middle School.

School trustees, meeting quickly Tuesday afternoon in a warm boardroom by the light from a south-facing window, approved a “letter of agreement” with North Texas Contractors out of Keller.

The power at the administrative office went out just after noon Tuesday, and was expected to be out for several more hours.

But that didn’t stop a 4 p.m. meeting to get the big paving project rolling.

The contract has not arrived yet, but the contractor’s 45-day clock starts ticking Monday – hence the letter of agreement allowing the contractor to start moving onto the site.

Parking lots and driveways around the high school and middle school campuses, as well as the football field, will get five or six inches of concrete. Superintendent Bill Branum said the agreement includes making the areas handicapped-accessible, sidewalks where called for and bollards.

The contract is for about 340,000 square feet of paving. Still up in the air is whether Targa Energy or Alvord ISD will foot the bill for moving a four-inch gas line.

Cost to move that line would be $16,000 to $24,000. Branum said the district wants it out from under the new parking lot in case it never needs to be excavated.

The parking lot makes up the lion’s share of a $1.8 million in expenditures the board authorized earlier this year, to be paid from time warrants and maintenance tax notes issued by the district in April, to be paid back out of the general fund.

The money will also purchase a long list of items.

COUNSELOR RE-HIRED

After a brief closed session, the board also agreed to re-hire former AHS counselor Bonnie Foreman for a part-time job at the Middle School. Foreman recently retired, but will work a 105-day contract for the next school year.

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