Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr.

Alice Echo-News Journal

Alice ISD trustees took no action Tuesday night after a closed session meeting with their attorney on the William Adams Middle School project.

More than $900,000 worth of water and infrastructure improvements were called for by the City of Alice as part of the new WAMS.

The city and the school district have been in discussions for months on the issue.

Board president R. David Guerrero said that although some city council members have talked to some members of the school board informally, the two entities have not met officially on the issue or come to a decision on how to move forward. The discussions have been limited between superintendent Henry Herrera and Alice City Manager Albert Uresti.

“They want to meet with us, but we are not prepared to meet at this point,” Guerrero said.

Architect Johnny White, with LaMarr Womack and Associates, said the WAMS project is on schedule for completion on Nov. 20, as per the contract. The concrete foundation was completed last week, White said.

The contractor is currently working on preparing the concrete slab for backfiling on the site. The erection of structural steel for the cafeteria/kitchen and the east classroom wing has begun and the main trusses for the cafeteria have been installed, according to White’s report to the board.

He said the metal roof deck system has been installed for the gym, band hall and west classroom wing, which has allowed for the installation of the HVAC ductwork and associated systems.

Some insulating of piping has begun at the site, along with the work underway by the electrical and plumbing subcontractors. White said the exterior wall framing systems have begun at the west classroom wing and are progressing rapidly. The masonry contractor continues his installation of interior and exterior concrete block walls at the gym and band hall.

During the AISD Spotlight portion of the meeting, Dr. Mark Edwards, with the Alice High School Health Science Technology Program, presented five of seven students who recently passed their Certified Nurses Aide State Exam, and will be eligible for professional employment after graduation. Last year’s CNA certified students were not able to take their examination until the week of graduation. This year’s class advanced enough to take the exam, with a 100 percent passing rate for AHS students, by late March. CNA students must take three years of intense study in HST, with both classroom instruction and hands-on training to prepare them for the six-hour examination.