Thursday night the HISD Board of Trustees, along with guests offering their expertise, continued to fine-tune long-range facilities planning for the district.
Rayce Boyter from the SHW Group of architects, Financial Advisor Lewis Wilks, and Tom Sage from the Andrews Kurth law firm advised boardmembers on the project last night.
Board members have been honing down a list of projects to be included in their future facilities upgrade and construction to fit within a $61.9 million dollar cost. There were many priorities considered. Two areas focused on at last night’s meeting were $2.5 million dollars for an agricultural facility and spending money to prepare the district to handle the increased use of technology in today’s educational endeavors.
Trustee Sam Moak emphasized the importance of technology in students’ future employment and the need for adequate expansion for the district in this area. Assistant Superintendent Sonny Cruse informed trustees that they will need to increase their fiber cable capabilities in the district from 1 gigabyte to 10 gigabytes, which he said, “is a pretty hard cost.”
Although agricultural jobs aren’t abounding at the moment, nor are they projected in the future, it was emphasized that it was a major program at HISD for students in 4H and FFA and other agricultural venues. Board president J-T Langley said the reason they should improve facilities in this area was to help students in other ways . . . .
A community forum is scheduled for February 14th at 6 PM on the long-range facility planning issue followed by a Board of Trustees meeting vote February 21st. A bond election for voters would follow in May.