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Latexo ISD considering November bond election
Houston County Courier

By Lynda Jones Editor-in-Chief A November bond election appears to be in the forecast for taxpayers in the Latexo ISD. At the June 10 regular board meeting, the district's trustees reviewed results of the recent community survey and prioritized desired projects. Four proposed projects, in order of priority, are science labs, classrooms, gym and security upgrades. The school board held a special called meeting Monday, June 24 to discuss future facility plans with engineer Larry Lasiter of Goodwin-Lasiter and to discuss what is affordable for the district. Lasiter presented the board with an illustration of "a plan, not the plan", along with estimated costs. Lasiter's plan addresses the relocation of administrative offices, a gym that would seat about 800 and some redesign at the front of the high school. "We want to put a new face on the front. You need to have a feature that makes it clear it's the main entrance," Lasiter said. He suggested putting a new awning all along the front of the school to accomplish this goal. As the board discussed cost factors, Lasiter said the district could pursue the proposed construction in phases, tackling the addition of classrooms first. Another factor under consideration is the district does not know when FEMA will approve or reject the district's second effort to obtain a shelter grant. Superintendent Don Elsom said, "I thought we'd have information a long time ago." As the board discussed the need to have a contingency plan in case the district does not get the grant, Elsom explained the grant is issued as a reimbursement type of funding. Once approved, the district would have two years to complete the parts of the project funded by the grant. The consensus was that the board needs more information and there is a need for much more discussion. Aug. 26 is the last day the board can call a bond election for November.

 

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