Design plans approved for new schools, plus 2 other things to know from Lamar CISD's Oct. 19 meeting

Lamar Consolidated ISD's board of trustees approved several major agenda items at its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, Oct. 19, including design development plans for two new schools from the district's 2014 bond election.

1. Harvey Disaster Area reappraisal approved
Trustees approved an order authorizing the reappraisal of areas affected by Hurricane Harvey within the district. The district received an estimate of $100,000 from the Central Appraisal District for the district's portion to pay for services for reappraisal of the area.

"It's a weighted average value that they are going to use to compute the taxes on, 65 percent of the year on the original value and 35 percent of the year on the reappraised value," said Jill Ludwig, chief financial officer for LCISD. "So the combination of those two is the value that they [the CAD] are going to use."

2. Design development plans for two new schools approved

Trustees approved design development plans for two new schools from the district's 2014 bond: James Roberts Middle School and Culver Elementary School. James Roberts will be modeled after Polly Ryon Middle School and has a project cost of $23 million. Construction is estimated to begin in March 2018 and has a completion date of June 2019.

Plans for Culver Elementary were also approved. Culver Elementary will follow the Don Carter Elementary prototype and will be located south of Pleak. The estimated project cost for Culver is $25 million. Construction will begin March 2018 and the expected open date is August 2019. Trustees also approved plans for an interior buildout on the already existing Fulshear High School that should be completed by June 2018.

 

3. Pink Elementary to receive repairs after water damage from Hurricane Harvey

Most of the schools within Lamar CISD were not damaged from Hurricane Harvey, according to district officials, but Pink Elementary did experience some water damage. Trustees approved an order for repairs to be made to the school in an amount of $11,345.