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High School construction bids totaling $982,586 approved

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Harmony ISD Trustees


Meeting in regular session Monday, February 16 trustees of the Harmony Independent School District approved bids from contractors to add five classrooms to the existing High School at a cost of $982,586. The board also voted to protest Wood County tax appraisals on properties in Holly Lake Ranch.
The board of trustees heard recommendations from architect Ted Estep and construction manager Mike Tucker of Transit Company on bids from sub-contractors for the 6,100 square-foot expansion of the high school. Work on the project is expected to begin this month with completion by the start of the next school year. Bids approved by the trustees totaled $982,586.
In separate construction projects, an additional bus stall is being added to the district's school bus barn and work to address the drainage problems at the tennis court has begun.
Acting on a directive by the Office of the Texas Comptroller, trustees approved of action to challenge appraisals of property in Holly Lake Ranch by the Wood County Appraisal District. The Comptroller's office cited five cases of recent property ownership transfers in the Ranch that were on the appraisal roles at substantially less than the most recent purchase price. The Perdue law firm will process the challenge at a cost of $8,000. Not pursuing the challenge could threaten Harmony ISD's state funding.
The board approved the 2009-2010 school calendar as presented by Superintendent Jed Whitaker.
Principal Dennis Glenn presented an update of the pre-graduation activities among students at the high school. Junior class members can take the SAT test with charges paid by the district on three upcoming test dates. A senior banquet has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 20 when scholarship awards will be announced. The school is also offering a class entitled "Pathways to Scholarship" and providing a financial aid workshop on February 23 to high school students to facilitate both processes. Glenn said the high school administration is also pursuing certification programs for the business curriculum and the food service curriculum. He also reported that nine students are pursuing certification in the school's welding education program.
The next regular meeting of the Harmony ISD Board of Trustees will be Monday, March 16, 2009. A special meeting can be called with 72-hours notice.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 April 2009 17:00  

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