Board continues teacher hirings

Sue Fleming, The Freer Press

A brief Master Plan update was given to the Freer School Board at a recent board meeting by Randy Hohlaus of Kell Munoz Architects regarding the school district's $22 million renovations project, which is slated to begin soon.

Geotechnical engineering analysis of the soil had been completed by Fugro Consultants.

This information will be used as for foundation and paving recommendations, Hohlaus said.

"The soil survey shows you have good soil," he added.

A detailed design development estimate has been received from Busby and Associates which is being reviewed and a report will soon be ready for the district to review, he said.

Also, the environmental abatement survey is underway conducted by Professional Services Industries and as soon as it is received, the bidding package for abatement work will be prepared.

Hohlaus reported a demolition bid package was anticipated, after which demolition in the high school would start after abatement work.

"Things are progressing; if problems arise, we will head them off as we go along," he concluded.

Following, the board voted unanimously voted a tax refund of $5,989.67 be issued to Ultra Oil and Gas and also a tax refund of $51,655.16 be issued to Brooks Well Service.

Both refunds were due to erroneous values, explained tax collector Sylvia Carrillo.

A bid of $1,800 by Blanca Bustos of Laredo for tax resale property located on Burch Street was then accepted by the board.

Afterward, members voted to nominate Theresa Flores as candidate for TASB Board.

A draft of the Student Code of Conduct and Athletic Code of Conduct were then discussed and approved as amended by the board.

Donations were unanimously approved which included $600 from Larry Robertson to the volleyball and basketball programs and $5,100 from ConocoPhillips to Freer ISD.

After meeting in a closed executive session, the board unanimously approved to accept the resignations of Frank Guerra and Dr. Ray Garza.

Ramon Pulido was hired as a teacher with a vote of 5-to-1 with Robertson voting against the motion.

Jaime Marquez was hired as teacher/coach and Loretta Lichtenberger as a paraprofessional.

During a previous special meeting, board members unanimously approved to hire Jenny Oakes, Amy Etheridge, Melissa Ramirez, Rosanna Morales and Annabella Neumann as teachers; Noel Navejas as assistant band director; Rodolfo Leal as teacher/coach and Brendenisse Garcia as elementary counselor.

Daniel Saenz was also hired as a lifeguard.

Saul Hinojosa, Roy Salazar, Edna Cantu, Mary Lou Garza, Chris Lichtenberger, Robertson and superintendent Edgar Camacho attended the meeting.