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FISD bond election hearing set Thursday

March 18, 2013

By STEVE REAGAN
Staff Writer
FORSAN — Residents in the Forsan Independent School District will get a chance to sound off about the upcoming school bond election Thursday.
A public meeting has been scheduled to address issues raised by the proposed bond at 6 p.m. Thursday in Elbow Elementary, FISD Superintendent Randy Johnson said.
Architects from Parkhill, Smith & Cooper will be on hand with a presentation on construction plans and to answer questions, Johnson noted.
FISD trustees voted in February to hold an election in May. They are asking voter approval of a $23.8 million bond.
Items to be financed by the bond package include:
• A new primary campus to replace Elbow Elementary. The new elementary will be located adjacent to the junior high/high school building in Forsan.
• A wastewater treatment plant. This became necessary after the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality found the district in violation of wastewater standards.
• Safety and security renovations at the secondary campus, including installation of a locking system for the exterior doors which can be operated remotely and a remake of the main entrance to enhance security against unwanted visitors.
• Expansion of the secondary campus to accommodate extra classroom, lab or storage space.
• Major plumbing and electrical renovation at the secondary campus.
• Renovation of the kitchen area at the secondary campus.
• Safety upgrades in the secondary campus’ metal shop.
• Expansion of the district’s bus barns to accommodate vehicles currently parked at Elbow.
• A fire-suppression system for the new elementary campus.
• Resurfacing of the track at the football stadium.
• Replacement of one of the district’s tennis courts.
• Increased storage area at the band hall.
Johnson said all the bond items address needs formulated from a 2012 facilities study conducted by the Texas Association of School Boards.

Contact Staff Writer Steve Reagan at 263-7331.

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