Bond prep on Forsan ISD board agenda

FORSAN — School officials here will continue to lay the groundwork for a bond election when they hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the administration wing board room.Forsan Independent School District officials have made no secret of their intent to call for a bond election sometime in 2013. If voters approve the bond, a new elementary school will be constructed with the proceeds.Many of the important details, such as the cost of the new school or its effect on the tax rate or even the date of the election itself, are still to be decided, but administrators and trustees have been been busy putting together details for a proposal they hope meets voter approval.The next step will be taken Monday, when the board meets with representatives from the architectural firm Parkhill, Smith & Cooper to compile evaluation criteria for hiring a construction manager to oversee the project.All of this behind-the-scenes work is likely to gain speed in the coming few months, Superintendent Randy Johnson said.“It's taken longer than we would have liked to nail down all the legal documents, but that's done now,” Johnson said. “(If all goes according to plan) I anticipate either late February or early March as the time the board will authorize an election.”Elbow Elementary, which was constructed in the early 1930s and renovated several times in the following decades, is the oldest building in active use as a schoolhouse in Howard County and suffers from many issues associated with old age, officials said, and is in need of replacement.If the school board calls for an election during its February or March meetings, the issue would likely go to voters in May 2013.In other business Monday, trustees will consider:• Results of the district's Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) report.* District and campus improvement plans.• The district's audit report.• Special education plans.• Personnel matters.