Here are three takeaways from CISD’s meeting on Dec. 19:
1. Construction of district’s two new schools on schedule
Easy Foster, CISD director of planning and construction, delivered capital improvement project updates to the board.
According to Foster, construction of Grand Oaks High School and Katherine Johnson Clark Intermediate School, which are set to open in August 2018, is on schedule.
Grand Oaks High School—which will serve ninth and 10th-grade students when it opens and will phase in a grade level each year until serving ninth- through 12th-graders in August 2020—is 76 percent complete, Foster said. Katherine Johnson Clark Intermediate School, a fifth- and sixth-grade campus, is 40 percent complete, Foster said.
Additionally, renovations to Conroe High School have an anticipated completion date of December 2019, Foster said.
2. Hurricane Harvey has not caused inflation of construction costs, according to Foster
During the meeting, Position 3 trustee Skeeter Hubert asked if the district has faced any unanticipated construction expenses due to material cost inflation from Hurricane Harvey. Foster reported that—to his knowledge— the district has not experienced an increase in construction materials from the storm.
3. Board members approve bid for naming rights to stadium
The board of trustees unanimously approved, with the exception of Hubert who abstained from the vote, a naming rights agreement for the district’s stadium to Woodforest National Bank for approximately $1 million, according to Darrin Rice, CISD’s chief financial officer. Since Woodforest National Bank has previously been granted the bid for naming rights to the stadium, the stadium’s name will not change.