Action by the Board of Trustees at Monday’s special called meeting included postponement of consideration and possible action on the Guaranteed Maximum Price Amendment for the construction of the new high school and renovation of existing facilities until August 14.
“This is a very big project. We have gotten to a number for a guaranteed maximum amount, but we need to be sure every i is dotted and every t is crossed in the details,” Superintendent Kyle Heath said. “The District needed some clarification and language essential to insure the project is delivered in its entirety and scope.”
Preliminary work at the high school has been underway since June in preparation for the start of construction, with CISD maintenance crews tackling the first areas tagged for renovation or relocation.
The CHS Lyceum is near completion for its new use as a practice room for the cheer and dance programs. Equipment in the girls and boys weight rooms has been relocated to the west end of the Indoor Practice Facility, where it will remain until the new school is opened. Softball and girls soccer and track will now utilize the PE locker/dressing rooms in the gym area.
The boys field houses and the boys soccer/trainer’s building will be the first demolition project to allow for the construction of the baseball/softball complex. Everything in the boys field houses including coaches offices, has been relocated to the girls field house, including the 9/JV and Varsity football lockers. The trainer’s room has also been relocated to the girls field house.
Balfour Beatty, serving as construction manager at risk on the $105 million project, now has an established presence at the high school. Trailers have been brought to the west side of the campus to serve as project headquarters over the next two years in anticipation of the opening of the new high school in the fall of 2019.
“This two-week timeframe should not have any long-time, direct impact on the project,” Heath said. “Balfour Beatty has begun to mobilize on the high school site in preparation for demolition, earth work and pier drilling required in the construction of the subterranean foundation. The expectation is for the project to still be completed on time. The baseball and softball facilities will be playable in January of 2018.”
“We want to be 100 percent complete, with every detail finalized before presenting the Guaranteed Maximum Price to Trustees,” Heath said. “We are not going to rush the GMP or make a recommendation without a full understanding of every aspect of the project. We are at 99 percent now and everyone is working really hard to get the GMP in its final form.”
“We have time to get it right and we value the trust the community has placed in us to get this project done right,” he said.
In other board action, the 2017-2018 list of certified appraisers and the appraisal calendar were approved. The list is made up of campus administrators who have completed the requirements to appraise classroom faculty using the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS). The state’s new appraisal system, implemented by the district in 2016-2017, evaluates teacher performance in the areas of planning, instruction, learning environment and professional practices and responsibilities.
Kyle Boles, executive director of Human Resources, presented a first reading of DNA (Local) which would allow for less-than-annual appraisals for certified teachers meeting specific state requirements. A second reading will be presented at an upcoming school board meeting.
In addition to meeting state standards, District teachers possessing State Board for Educator Certification; have no documented deficiencies in their T-TESS appraisal; are on a term/continuing contract; have been employed with CISD at least one year and have been at their current campus for one year would be eligible for appraisals every three years under the new policy.
“Going to less-than-annual appraisals will free up administrators to focus on first-year teachers and their staff as a whole,” Boles said.
Board President June Bates said the new policy was needed.
“I have heard from campus administrators,” Bates said. “This will help everyone, not just them.”
Teachers meeting the standards of this proposed change in policy would still undergo classroom walk-throughs by campus administrators. They would also continue to participate in goal-setting, summative conferences and staff development.
Board action also included:
- Approval of a consulting contract with Roach, Howard, Smith and Barton to assist the district in procuring insurance coverage in various areas;
- Approval of $26,000 for new classroom cubbies at Coleman Elementary, in conjunction with renovation/upgrades to the interior of the school, approved in Bond 2016.
Personnel recommendations approved by Trustees included: Cheryl Clark, Special Education Life Skills teacher-Coleman; Christian Hardin, speech teacher/varsity cheerleader coach-Cleburne HS; Pasqual Martinez, science teacher-Wheat MS; Erica Moreno, fifth grade bilingual teacher-Santa Fe; Cherilynn Pirtle, counselor-Smith MS; Laura Adams, kindergarten teacher-Santa Fe; Ethan Anderson, social studies teacher/coach-Smith MS; Tabitha Chapman, Special Education inclusion teacher-Santa Fe; Brooke Fossee, third grade teacher-Coleman; Mitzi Gray, Special Education Bridges teacher-Santa Fe; Nancy Hueske, fifth grade teacher-Irving; Courtney McPherson, third grade teacher-Marti; Edie Henderson, Special Education Life Skills aide-Cleburne HS.
Resignations have been received from Carol George, Special Education Life Skills aide-Cleburne HS; Stephanie Sepulveda, receptionist-TEAM School and Tina Steele, Behavior Interventionist-Cleburne HS.
Balfour Beatty project trailers have been moved to the high school in preparation for the start of Phase I of construction of the new Cleburne High School and renovation of existing facilities. The Guaranteed Maximum Price for the project will be presented to Trustees at the August 14 school board meeting.