The Alice Independent School District Board of Trustees held a regular meeting on Monday night to act upon a few action items on their agenda.
The board began the meeting by approving the 2011-2012 budget amendment #6 and a resolution supporting operation graduation.
The board then gave approval of an amendment to District's agreement with LaMarr Womack and Associates, LP. They are the same firm who currently has a contract with the board regarding the new Dubose Intermediate School project. The amendment is to the already existing contract with the firm to allow them to continue working with the district by designing the architecture for the culinary project. Their architectural fee is set at $12,000. As for the construction portion of the culinary arts project, the board approved the contract to a firm out of Corpus Christi, CPM Ground Up.
A few board members were still uncomfortable rewarding a contract to Pepco Energy Services for the Technical Energy and Water Savings Audit agreement. Board Trustee David Guerrero is still uncomfortable with the fact that Pepco has never done work in Texas. The action item died at the meeting for lack of a second motion for approval and also for lack of a second motion to be tabled. Superintendent Salvador Cavazos offered a workshop for the board members to be furthered briefed on the item and also to lay any more concerns to rest before awarding the contract to Pepco.
The board gave approval of a contract with WKMC Architects for architectural and engineering design and project administration services for the renovation and remodeling of Alice ISD facilities. Cavazos told the board that once the new Dubose Intermediate School is complete, they will look at how much money is left in the bonds budget and then determine what the next project will be based on that budget.
The new Dubose Intermediate School is hoping to be completed by September. Project Manager Ray Brown announced to the board that the a/c units for the ceiling have been placed and the drywall is being put up in the north wing.
The board was then given a presentation regarding the fifth six weeks math scores. The board was told that the failure rate of fifth grade at Dubose stayed the same but sixth grade showed a slight decrease. There was also a decrease in the failure rate for fifth and sixth grade at Memorial Intermediate and the same was said for grades eighth through 12th grade for William Adams Middle School and Alice High School.