Forsan ISD eyes possible bond election

FORSAN — School district trustees here are expected to take the next step toward a possible bond election when they hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the administration wing board room.Forsan Independent School District trustees will consider hiring an architectural firm to help assess and address facility needs during the meeting.FISD Superintendent Randy Johnson said the school board will decide between PADCO, an architectural firm based in Abilene, and Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, which has assisted Big Spring ISD, Coahoma ISD and Howard College on recent construction projects.“The plan is to get one of these firms on board to help us evaluate our facilities and help us determine how much it would cost for new construction or renovation (of existing facilities),” Johnson said.Elbow Elementary will be the main target of the assessment — district officials are strongly considering building a new elementary campus which would be situated adjacent to the junior high/high school building — but Johnson said the study would examine all district facilities.“All along, we've been looking at things district-wide,” he said. “I'm guessing Elbow would be considered for new construction, but we have other issues to consider, as well, such as the septic system at the junior high/high school campus and other general renovation issues, as well.”If the district does call for a bond election, Johnson said officials must make sure they don't overlook any major facility needs.“It is very likely that this would be the last bond election we'd see for an extended amount of time, so we need to ensure we address the pressing issues now,” he said.No firm deadline has been set for when the district would put a bond election on the ballot.In other business, trustees will consider:• Police updates.• Accountability report.• Approval of the Highly Qualified Teacher list.• Personnel matters.