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Forsan ISD mulls new campus

September 8, 2012

FORSAN — No one is using the words “bond election” 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.

“There are some issues with the building,” Johnson said. “The first is age — the original building was constructed in 1930, with additions being built in 1963 and in the 1980s.”

Another issue factoring in the district's discussions is distance — 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.

“We're also collecting nominations for in-district people to serve on a facilities committee,” Johnson said. “We're hoping to get between 10 to 12 people on the committee, which would meet on a regular basis … and advise us during this process.”

Another step will be taken in October, when trustees are scheduled to meet with architectural consultants.

Johnson stressed, however, that all these actions are “very preliminary” 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:

• Reaching an adjunct faculty agreement with the Howard County Extension Office.
• Local policy changes.
• Personnel matters.
• Financial reports.

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