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Information on Special Board Meeting, 3/26/18
The Board of Trustees at White Oak ISD met at 6 pm Monday, March 26,2018. Members in attendance to establish a quorum were David Carr, Eric Swanson, Dr. David Ummel and Colonel Randall Smith. The posted agenda for the meeting contained two action items to be considered by the members.
- The board took action to approve the payment of $490,255.03 to the district’s Construction Manger, Jackson Construction. It is the second payment for services and work completed and in progress to date. The motion to approve the payment was made by Eric Swanson and seconded by David Ummel. The motion was approved by a vote of four in favor, zero opposed and three members not present.
- The board also took action to approve Jackson Construction’s presentation for the Guaranteed Maximum Price for the work to be done at the Primary/Intermediate Campus. The motion to approve the GMP of $1,694,560 (presented as option 2) was made by Colonel Randall Smith, seconded by David Ummel. The motion was approved by a vote of four in favor, zero opposed and three not present. Option two includes the completion of all roof replacement work and the installation of all new HVAC Air Handlers. The plan also calls for the use of materials to mitigate the water leaks around the windows until they can be permanently repaired in the summer of 2019.
Discussion concerning the GMP for the Primary/Intermediate included two options for the members of the board to consider. Option 1 included additional scope of work to include the removal of all the insulated siding (walls) and replacing that siding with a new metal stud wall construction including new metal paneling and windows. The need for the replacement of the paneling was determined after the bond election had been approved.
Option 1 was not selected by the board or recommended by Superintendent Michael Gilbert due to the extra cost ($1.1 million) and lack of time to complete the work before the start of the 2018/2019 school year. Here are the talking points discussed before the vote on a GMP:
- The inclusion of the wall and window project cannot be completed before the start of next school year. Delaying the start of school and/or trying to complete construction with students in the building is not safe.
- Postponing the replacement of the panels and windows will allow Huckabee, Jackson and the district time to fully research the best long term solution to the water intrusion problem and will give an appropriate amount of time to complete the work without disrupting the instructional day.
- Approval of Option 2 will not put the district in a position to go over the budget for the total project. The targeted construction budget was set at $13,167,643. This is the money to be spent directly on the projects listed on the bond proposal. With Option 2 in place, the construction budget is set at $13,862,643. That is $695,000 (11.4%) above the target budget but well within the overall budget of the project including contingency funds that are in place for the contractor and the district. This scope of work will not cause the district to use general fund balance dollars to complete the project.
- All projects approved by the voters of White Oak ISD will be completed and will be within the scope of the $19,005,000 budget. With the approval of Option 2 at the Primary/Intermediate campus, all projects (district wide) will be complete by the end of August 2018 with the exception of the window replacement. That project will be completed in the summer of 2019 due to time constraints and additional scope that needs to be fully researched. Replacing the windows without addressing the failing panels would be extremely irresponsible and not in the best interest of the taxpayers.
I hope this information is helpful in clearing up any confusion in the community. Unfortunately, inaccurate information has been released that is at best, misleading and intentionally deceiving at worst. The district has been completely transparent in our efforts to communicate accurate information.
Any attempts to report that the board is not going to complete projects due to going over budget in another area of the bond project is false and should not be taken seriously. The Board of Trustees and I have worked for many years to build and maintain a level of public trust in our efforts to make the best decisions possible to provide a safe, relevant and challenging educational experience for all the students. It is our hope that you can see that level of commitment and support the efforts of this leadership team.
New Traffic Information
Beginning Monday, December 18, 2017
There will be a new traffic pattern at and around the High School to accommodate a construction zone in the north student parking lot (in red). Please take the time to review the map included in the message and make note of the following:
There will be no through traffic in front of the high school and parking in that area will be for teachers only. (in yellow)
Areas available for student parking are outlined in orange. Those that park across the street from the auditorium will have a crossing guard to ensure safe passage to campuses. Large trucks need to park in the lot behind the Middle School Gym (where the band practices).
All High School student drop-off and pick-up will be in front of the Food Service building and traffic is designated as one way from south to north (in green). **(Traffic coming from the north on White Oak Road are encouraged to drop-off in the parking lot across the street and use the protected cross walk)
This traffic pattern will be in place until the end of August 2018. The district would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience during the process of upgrading our facilities.
Attendance Office OR Student Pick-up
Debbie Pickard Attendance Clerk Direct Line – (903) 291-2038
All Transcript and Education Verification Requests
Counselor’s Office by either calling (903) 291-2004 or (903) 291-2022
or fax request to (903) 291-2034
Parents and Students,
It is very important that all Chromebooks stay in the cases that were provided. We have had damages such as bent frames and broken screens, which will not occur as long as the Chromebook is used and carried in its proper case. They are not supposed to be carried in backpacks unprotected. The insurance that you paid will only cover the repair if the Chromebook was properly maintained, including remaining in the case at all times. It is extremely easy to tell if the Chromebook was damaged while not in its case, and students will be financially responsible if the computer was not treated properly. Please take care of this and protect the huge investment the district has made to enhance every student’s educational experience! Thank you.
Mrs. Donna Jennings
Assistant Principal –
Mr. Matt Folmar
Mrs. Monica Pearce
10th & 12th
Mrs. Debby Deck
9th & 11th
Athletic Director –
Mr. Kris Iske
Mom and Dad already have your car packed and helping you out the door for college? Make sure you are ready to go! Stop by the counselor’s blog to find all of the resources you need to get your college plans in order.
Every Senior needs to fill out FAFSA for college.
Watch the video below to find out why.
Congratulations to White Oak High School Student Council being recognized with the
2016 NASC National Gold Council of Excellence.