FISD bond election hearing set Thursday

By STEVE REAGAN Staff WriterFORSAN — 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.