Forsan school trustees to finalize bond estimates

FORSAN — School district trustees here will work to finalize estimates for a construction bond issue they hope to present to voters this May when they hold their regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the administration wing board room.It is now highly likely — although still not a certainty — Forsan Independent School District trustees will call for a bond election to be decided May 11. No final price tag has been set on the bond, although preliminary estimates are in the $20 million range.The major portion of that money would go to build a new elementary campus — which would be located adjacent to Forsan Junior High/High School — to replace Elbow Elementary, which has been in service since 1930.Overlooked in the debate over whether to construct a new school, however, is another bond item FISD officials say is just as important — security and infrastructure upgrades at the junior high/high school building.Superintendent Randy Johnson said campus security, which has become a top priority among educators in the past few months, will be one of the issues addressed by the bond money.“What's been discussed is some design issues tied to safety,” he said. “What we want to do is renovate the entrance to the building so that it's similar to what Big Spring has done at its new elementary campuses.”At the new Big Spring schools, security has been enhanced by a system which funnels all visitors into the main office before they are allowed into classroom areas.Also, FISD officials hope to use a portion of bond money to replace both interior and exterior locks at the campus.Also at the junior high/high school, money is being targeted to pay for restroom electrical and sewage system upgrades.Another item officials are eyeing is renovation of the junior high science labs. Labs in the high school portion of the building were upgraded in 2004 and officials would like to follow suit in the rest of the campus.A final decision whether to call for a May election will likely come when trustees hold a special meeting Feb. 25.