The Chico school board will soon determine how to address the most pressing needs of the district.
The board held a work session with WRA Architects of Dallas Sept. 15 following its regular board meeting to continue discussions on the most urgent facility needs in the district.
For nearly two years, the board has been studying those needs. In addition to input from the architects, the board has relied on a facilities use committee. Each board member appointed two people to that committee.
A report was given to the board in January and February of this year, and since that time, the board has continued to prioritize the needs of the district.
“Probably at the next meeting, they’ll look at what it will cost based on their priorities, what size bond might be required, and look at what the impact might be on a homeowner of a typical home,” Superintendent Mike Jones said. “Then they’ll make a determination if they feel it is necessary or the way to go. It’s been something they’ve taken seriously and studying quite a while. I think they’ve really done their homework and tried to elicit as much input from the community through that committee to really take a critical eye and look at things and give them some recommendations.”
Jones said the highest priority needs deal with upgrades in security districtwide. The oldest school in the district, the middle school, also has several high priority needs, such as a new roof and new HVAC units.
The district is also taking a serious look at relocating and building a new agriculture facility.
During the regular meeting prior to the work session, the board:
- heard a presentation from Wise County Sheriff’s Officer Paige Dobyns about the proposed Dads for Dragons program at Chico Elementary School. The program would encourage dads to volunteer as helpers at the school and be positive role models for kids.
- designated 4-H activities as extracurricular school events and Wise County Extension agents as adjunct staff members.
- reviewed district goals for the 2014-2015 school year.