FORSAN â€” No one is using the words â€śbond electionâ€ť just yet, but Forsan Independent School District officials are studying the very real possibility of asking voters to approve construction of a new elementary school.
When they meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the administration wing board room, FISD trustees will consider hiring a financial advisor to help them with details pertaining to a possible bond election which could be called for sometime in 2013.
School district officials have been considering replacing Elbow Elementary for some time, Superintendent Randy Johnson said.
â€śThere are some issues with the building,â€ť Johnson said. â€śThe first is age â€” the original building was constructed in 1930, with additions being built in 1963 and in the 1980s.â€ť
Another issue factoring in the district's discussions is distance â€” Elbow is located about 15 miles from Forsan. Johnson said locating the elementary adjacent to the junior high/high school campus and administration offices would result in much more efficient use of district personnel.
Aside from talking with financial advisors, the district has taken other preliminary steps toward a possible bond election. Trustees recently authorized a facility study from the Texas Association of School Boards which identified several building deficiencies at the Elbow campus.
â€śWe're also collecting nominations for in-district people to serve on a facilities committee,â€ť Johnson said. â€śWe're hoping to get between 10 to 12 people on the committee, which would meet on a regular basis â€¦ and advise us during this process.â€ť
Another step will be taken in October, when trustees are scheduled to meet with architectural consultants.
Johnson stressed, however, that all these actions are â€śvery preliminaryâ€ť in nature and no decision on a bond election has been reached.
If the school board does pull the trigger on a bond election, Johnson anticipates the official decision coming early enough in 2013 to allow the issue to be placed on the May ballot.
In other business Monday, trustees will consider:
â€˘ Reaching an adjunct faculty agreement with the Howard County Extension Office.
â€˘ Local policy changes.
â€˘ Personnel matters.
â€˘ Financial reports.