Legacy 2017 Building Program Closes

Legacy 2017 Building Program Officially Comes To A Close
Posted on 10/24/2018
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Robert Wilbanks, Project Manager from Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam (LAN), officially delivered his final report on Marshall ISD’s Legacy 2017 building program during last week’s regular October school board meeting.

All construction projects as part of the official Legacy 2017 program, along with a couple of other high-profile projects that were associated with it, are completed. All of the work done since the spring of 2016 came in under the approved budgets, with total estimated expenditures of approximately $111.6 million for all work combined.

The bond issue for the Legacy 2017 projects approved by Marshall voters in May of 2015 was officially for $109,210,000 for the construction of three new elementary schools, renovation of Sam Houston Elementary School and a new Marshall Junior High School. Those projects were completed at a total cost of approximately $105 million.

The remaining bond funds, along with an additional $830,000 earned in interest, allowed the district to budget renovations to Marshall High School which included new science labs, renovated restrooms, a secure front vestibule and enhanced security features. The high school project ultimately came in under budget at about $4.6 million.

The construction work also included the new press box in Maverick Stadium as well as a new driveway and loading dock at the MISD Annex building on Pinecrest Drive, costing a combined $1.2 million which was budgeted from the district’s general fund.

Following completion of all the projects, the district ended with a savings of approximately $500,000 in budgeted funds for all the construction projects.

Marshall’s Legacy 2017 schools – David Crockett Elementary, William B. Travis Elementary, Sam Houston Elementary, Price T. Young Elementary and Marshall Junior High School – opened in September 2017. The renovations to MHS began last spring and were completed in time for the start of school this year.

In other action from the October board meeting:

• Price T. Young Elementary was Featured Campus of the Month for October. Second-grade student Jenesis Underwood led pledges to the American and Texas flags, and fifth-grade teacher Charizma Taylor was recognized for “Above and Beyond” service.

• Anika Perkins, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, conducted a Public Hearing to present Targeted Improvements Plans for the District, Marshall Junior High School and Price T. Young Elementary. The Texas Education Agency identified two schools (MJHS, PTY) in MISD as Improvement Required Year One Campuses this past year. Based on accountability ratings being below what is considered acceptable, TEA has rated these two campuses as “Improvement Required.” These campuses and the district (per its D letter grade) are required to create Targeted Improvement Plans listing the root cause for these ratings. These plans will be available for public viewing on the MISD website at www.marshallisd.com.

• Dr. Jerry Gibson, Superintendent, led trustees through their monthly Lone Star Governance Review.

• Anika Perkins, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, provided information on the STAR Renaissance Beginning-of-Year Data and 2017-2018 Incentive Payout during the monthly Data Review portion of the meeting. Students were given the Star Renaissance Beginning-of-Year assessment, and the district utilizes this as a universal screener to help teachers identify where to start instruction with each student. Ms. Perkins also announced that the total district payout under the MISD Incentive Plan for teachers in 2017-2018 was $99,180.

• Kenny Black, Director of Facilities, provided his annual Facilities Update.

• Trustees approved last month’s official meeting minutes, September Lone Star Governance, and monthly financial reports.

• Trustees approved a revision to the MISD Compensation Plan as follows: “Add the following position to the Administrative/Professional Support Job Classifications Pay Grade 2 Grouping that was left off in error: Specialist, Visual Impairment, Occupational Mobility.”

• Trustees approved the Campus Improvement Plans for 2017-2018 as presented by Anika Perkins, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. These plans will be available for viewing on the MISD website at www.marshallisd.com.

• Trustees approved the Quarterly Investment Report as presented by Kristin Byrd, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance.

• Trustees approved the purchase of one 53-passenger special needs bus from Rush Bus Centers, as presented by Joe Brinker, Director of Transportation. Cost of the bus was approved at $94,372.

• Trustees approved Policy Review Session Recommendations and Instructions regarding (LOCAL) policies, as presented by Dr. Jerry Gibson, Superintendent.

• Trustees approved a Change to Transet Construction for the Renovation of the High School Boys Locker Room. The Board of Trustees previously authorized the need for renovation of the Maverick Gym Boys Locker Room at Marshall High School, with architect, Johnson & Pace, authorized to proceed with design and construction documents for pricing. The design and constructions documents were completed and issued to Transet Co., which is currently the general contractor for the MHS renovation project. Transet Co. has priced the work and offered a proposal of $319,879 as to the total cost to complete the project, with escalation and exceptions. Substantial completion date would be August 16, 2019. The request Monday was for the approval of the work and authorization for Dr. Jerry Gibson, Superintendent, to issue a Notice to Proceed no later than April 4, 2019, to allow sufficient time for the contractor to begin ordering materials and achieve an early start for the work to be completed by the fall of 2019. The existing Owner/Contractor agreement will be extended to include this work.

• Trustees approved the Targeted Improvement Plans for MISD, Marshall Junior High and Price T. Young Elementary as presented during the Public Hearing earlier in the meeting.

• Trustees approved a District of Innovation Resolution for MISD, as presented by Dr. Jerry Gibson, Superintendent. The District of Innovation concept was passed into law by the 84th Legislature (2015) through House Bill 1842, which was codified in Texas Education Code Chapter 12A. The designation allows school districts to access many of the same options as currently available to charter schools. In order to seek designation, a school district must have an accountability rating of Met Standard. Monday’s resolution officially initiates the District of Innovation Process for Marshall ISD.

The November meeting of the MISD Board of Trustees is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 12, at 5:30 p.m. in the Pat Smith-Gasperson Board Room located in the Administration Building at 1305 E. Pinecrest. A Special Meeting for Agenda Review for that meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8, at noon also in the board room.