BCISD board to move school to new location 

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Bay City ISD was held Monday, June 17. Many items were discussed and acted upon.

Francis Zordilla, a representative of Claycomb & Associates gave the monthly bond project update for the different school district’s projects during the meeting.

“Could you explain to the audience what the water tank is sitting in front of the auditorium (of the old junior high),” School Board President, Robert J. Klepac said during Zordilla’s presentation. 

“So the water pressures here in Bay City aren’t adequate to fight a fire. What we have done, since this is a fully sprinkler building was install a water tank and that lasts really about 45 minutes,” Zordilla answered. 

“So any time or any location that you have a fire inside of the building, the water that’s in that tank will go through the pipes and into that space where the sprinkler heads are located and allow the water to hopefully dissipate the fire,” Zordilla continued.

Bruce Krauskopf and Elizabeth Hewitt of the BCISD Education Foundation gave a presentation on some fundraising ideas for their organization.

Below are some of the different fundraising ideas that were presented and discussed: 

• Pavers to put on the home entry into the new BCHS stadium

– The pavers come in 4x8, 8x8 and 12x12

“We could ask people for donations and then we could put their name on the brick,” Krauskopf said.

• Tammy Savage is working on a reception to invite the public and just introduce what the organization is trying to do. 

• Plan an annual fundraiser

• VIP Parking Spots at the new stadium

“I will tell you my one concern is the inclusion. We want to make sure the whole community is on the end on what we’re doing with these bricks and the parking spots, tailgating,” Board member Jerry Manning mentioned during the presentation. “Let’s make sure that we communicate with the whole community, so that Bay City has an opportunity to be a part of these children’s great team.” 

Cya Hernandez, a student of Bay City High School, who will be in the 11th grade next year, designed the BCISD Education Foundation’s logo. She designed the logo in her graphics design class, the logo has the foundation’s tagline on the bottom, “Inspiring Teachers who Inspire our Students,” she was inspired by that and the B in the logo is a teacher and the C is a student. 

The board also had on the agenda, the possible approval of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the foundation.

“I have one question, on the third page (of the MOU document) it says the district shall provide a space for you with furniture,” board member James Scardami inquired. “I guess my question to the administrative staff is, do we have that for them, do we have a space that they can come in and operate their foundation out of.” 

“I think that the administration will find them a place to operate their foundation with no problems,” Klepac answered.

Frankie Cole, member of the BCISD board, wanted to know how and to whom the funds raised would be distributed. 

“A large portion of that will be through teacher grants for curriculum programs they want to do within their classroom. We are still aligning out all those guidelines for that,” Hewitt answered. “Teachers will be able to apply for grants for their classroom or it can be an entire department: science department, language arts department, but there’s limitless possibilities on that.” 

“I make a motion that we accept the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as it is presented,” Scardami said.

There was a discussion for a possible approval of the moving of Linnie Roberts Elementary School to the McAllister Jr. High site instead of building at the Linnie Roberts current location. 

The plan was to build a new Linnie Roberts at the current site, using the existing 14 room classroom wing, that is the newest wing there. Recently the board was informed that wing has some foundation issues, there’s cracks in the foundation, there’s also termites eating up part of the cabinets in the middle of the building.

“The other problem with that site is, in talking to Jeffery Floyd, who is one of the architects, that site is pretty much land locked. In other words, we would have to build facilities on the south side of that campus and he was having problems trying to figure out where the entrances would be, which would have to go somewhere close to the existing building. The cost to do all of that, is somewhere in the neighborhood of $24 million,” said Klepac.

The new Linnie Roberts, if it were to be put on the McAllister site is running at about 88,836 square feet, the final number after all the soft costs (with any surveys, geo-tag, materials testing, FFE technology, equipment, and then the architecture and engineering fees) is coming in at $26,742,427, just $100,000 over the $26,661,544 left from the $127 million bond issue.

“My main concern is, we are here for these children, those are our number one concerns, the movement of that school, it just makes better business sense to move that school to McAllister,” said Manning. “But we have to remember, we are pretty unique, Wednesday (June 19) we’ll be celebrating 154 years. The school is not only a school to serve children during first or second semester in school, but during summer break. That place serves children in that neighborhood, that neighborhood is saturated with children. I just want us to make sure that we are being responsible for the long haul; think about things that are leaving that part of the community we have to preserve something. We just have to make the right choice for that school (Linnie Roberts).”

“I respect the historical value of Linnie Roberts and all of the neighborhood schools that we have here, I’ve heard people talk about Cherry Tenie Holmes. What we have to do as a school district is get beyond neighborhood schools, we have a first grade, pre-k/k first and second, third, fourth and fifth for all of the kids in this system,” BCISD Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott, III said during the discussion. “If we continue to focus on, and again, no disrespect to anybody that’s neighborhood school, but we have to start operating as one school district and not in side holes because you live near Cherry, Linnie Roberts or Tenie Holmes, one school system where every single kid who’s in first grade will go to Roberts, every single kid who is in third, fourth or fifth will go to Tenie Holmes, no matter what part of town they live in.” 

“Until we start having those conversations as one school district it’s still going to continue to impact what’s most important and that’s learning outcomes for our kids. So I’m just putting them on a table sentence. We’re here talking about the historical aspects of the building where Robertson’s right now. Absolutely. We’re gonna talk about what the community wants to do with as a whole in this community, but moving forward for the advancement of our entire school system,” said Dr. Scott. “My recommendation has been, for the last year and a half that if we can, let’s use the McAllister location, I’ve never wavered, and I think it makes sense. We will not disregard the Linnie Roberts building where it is now, what I will do is look into the historical marker aspect of this and see what the recommendation would be for identifying the building as a landmark.” 

After the discussion the board made a motion and seconded to build the new Linnie Roberts Elementary at the existing McAllister site. 

Allison Sliva gave a short presentation on the results of the clear backpack parent survey and a discussion was held for the possible approval of requiring clear backpacks for all campuses.

Sliva sent a survey out to the parents about requiring students to use clear backpacks, by email, phone call and text and was posted on the website for a couple of weeks at the end of May. 

“In summary the parents do not want the clear backpacks and the opposition is stronger at the lower grades, which makes sense. As you get to the older kids, more parents want it, but still the overall is pretty clear,” Sliva said.

The board asked Sliva some of the reasons or responses the parents had about requiring the clear backpacks.

“They’re all over the map with their responses; expensive, some of the comments were they didn’t think they were sturdy enough, the people that want them, well, for obvious reasons that you can see what’s in the backpack, it would be a deterrent,” Sliva answered. 

The board was curious as to what the protocol for the school is if a student or teacher reports that they feel there is a weapon in a backpack.

“The protocol is, that teacher should contact the principal, because the principal is in charge of that school, they would then contact the police. They have a right to check, go in and make sure,” informed Chief Leroy Cunnigham. “If we thought the child had the weapon on them, the same procedure would be in place. Also because of the fact that there is a weapon involved, anything that belongs to that child, we now have probable cause to check that area. Whether it be the backpack, whether it be the locker or anything in the general area.” 

“Does anybody want to make a motion, or it will die from lack of motion,” Klepac said. 

There was a selection of voting delegate and alternate to TASB Convention; the TASB Convention is in the later part of September. 

Board member Trent Tinnin will be going as the delegate and John DeWitt as the alternate.

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