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Committee provides report on facilities

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, November 23, 2013

A committee studying facility needs at Chico ISD has ranked what it sees as the most important needs for the district.

That information has been turned over to architects, who can advise how to address those needs, and then the information will be presented to the school board, said Superintendent Mike Jones.

“The architects will be working with the school board to finalize those and then the ball would be in their court (the school board) to decide what if anything they want to do, if there is any action they would like to see as far as a bond,” he said.

Although the report given by committee member Mike Maddux at Monday’s meeting didn’t get into specific details, Jones said there are areas of general consensus.

“I think it is fair to say that everyone agrees that the middle school is the oldest building in the district,” Jones said. “It needs a roof. It needs probably HVAC units that are energy efficient. Some of the windows leak. There was some discussion, that if they are going to try to patch the windows, it might be better to go ahead and replace those windows and have more energy efficient windows.

“There was broad consensus for security enhancements and upgrades,” he said. “We feel very good that our buildings are very safe, but there are certain things we can do with lighting, fencing and other things to make a safer environment for our kids, our faculty and our visitors.”

The facilities review committee is made up of community members chosen by school board members.

One facility in the district that hasn’t used its kitchen in years will soon be cooking once again.

The board agreed to start using the middle school kitchen to prepare meals for that campus. Meals have been cooked at the high school since it opened in 2010 and carted next door to the middle school as a way to save money.

The kitchen opening will require the hiring of at least one more food service worker.

The board voted 4-1 to approve the kitchen’s use with Mark Tate voting against the action.

In other business the board:

  • cast all of its alloted votes for Randy Moss for the Wise County Appraisal District board of directors.
  • approved campus and district improvement plans, the district technology plan and policy updates.
  • approved a full-time position at the elementary that will give at-risk students additional help with testing.

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