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Architect: High school 32% complete

Polk County Enterprise

BY VALERIE REDDELL
Editor
polknews@gmail.com

LIVINGSTON — Construction at the high school campus has reached the 32 percent mark, according to Richard Crump with Claycomb & Associates Architects who delivered a project update during Monday’s meeting of the Livingston Independent School District Board of Trustees. Crews have finished erecting steel at the main building. Concrete floors are poured and exterior sheating on the classroom wing has been installed, Crump said. Plumbing and electrical fixtures are being roughed in. Exterior brick has been delivered to the site and crews will begin installing it during May. Also next month, crews will pour piers at the Career and Technology Education building, grade practice fiels and pour floor slab at the field house. The report also showed $17.2 million of the $57 million project has been billed. The time line shows crews are on target to complete the building July 9, 2011. Food Service Update Assistant Superintendent Janan Moore told trustees that recent changes to food service lines at secondary campuses have resulted in major improvements in student nutrition. By offering more menu choices for students who receive free or reduced price lunches at the junior high and high school cafeteria, more students are eating lunch, according to Moore. In February, 63 percent of the students who qualify for free meals were getting a lunch. In the first two weeks of April, the number grew to 72 percent. Among students who get reduced-price meals, the percentage climbed from 75 to 83 percent. Students who pay full price for lunches remained at 36 percent for both time periods at the junior high. The percentage of high school students who qualify for free lunch and actually go through the line grew from 53 percent to 65 percent. Reduced price participation grew from 64 percent to 89 percent. Even the numbers for students paying full price went up at the high school from 12 to 17 percent. At the elementary campuses, the food service department launched a pilot program to serve free breakfast in the classroom. Breakfast is served in all classrooms at the Intermediate campus under the pilot program. In February, 42 percent of students who qualify for free meals were eating breakfast, 50 percent of reduced price and 21 percent of students who pay full price. In the first two weeks of April those numbers doubled among students who get financial assistance. Students meeting criteria for free meals who eat breakfast went from 42 percent to 82 percent. Reduced price qualifying students grew from 50 percent to 99 percent. All students have had the option of getting a free breakfast at school, however since breakfast was moved into the classroom, the number of students eating breakfast who do not qualify for free or reduced price meals went from 21 percent to 95 percent. Teachers in 24 classrooms at Timber Creek Elementary volunteered to participate in the breakfast in the classroom project. Among students who qualify for free lunch, breakfast service went up from 45 percent in February to 63 percent in the first half of April. Breakfast service to Timber Creek students qualifying for reduced price meals went from 64 percent to 83 percent. Full price students eating breakfast went from 41 to 72 percent. At Pine Ridge, 26 teachers volunteered to have breakfast served in the classroom. Among free lunch recipients, breakfast service went up from 50 to 70 percent. Breakfast service among those who qualify for reduced price meals went from 69 to 91 percent. Full price participation went from 44 percent to 74 percent. Moore said the changes in what was served to secondary students at lunch was changed immediately after spring break and it has taken some time for students to adjust. Officials hoped to get 53 percent of the high school students who qualify for meal assistance would eat at school, but they exceeded that goal in the first half of April with 65 percent. Distinguished performance awards Timber Creek and Pine Ridge elementaries received Distinguished Performance from the Region VI Educational Service Center during Monday’s meeting. To qualify for the award, campuses must be classified as a Title I school (meaning they serve a large number of economically disadvantaged students) for the last three years, meet all Adequate Yearly Progress requirements, be rated Exemplary in 2009, Recognized or Exemplary in 2008 and 2007. Only two of 35 campuses in Region VI qualified in 2009-10 out of 173 campuses in the region. Energy Management Report Despite a bitterly cold January and February, James Dickens told board members the district had still managed to reduce power use over the previous year. Temperatures during those two months made this winter one of the three coldest since the 1800s. Electricity Study Superintendent Dr. Darrell Myers told board members three of the district’s campuses — Pine Ridge, Timber Creek and Livingston Intermediate — have reached the maximum limits of electrical equipment at their facilities. “Those were built when technology just wasn’t there,” Myers said. “Technological upgrades add a lot of demand for electricity and the boxes are full. It’s a service issue as well as inside the campus.” Myers asked board approval to begin seeking price estimates from electrical engineers to have a power study done on the three elementary campuses, although he expects fewer changes will be needed at the Intermediate school. Physical Plant Manager Terry Jordan told trustees more wiring may be needed at Timber Creek unless during the study an engineer finds a way to split the load. Myers wants the study to enable the board to develop a prioritized list of tasks to consider as other projects are addressed. Jordan also provided a list of other maintenance projects that will be addressed this summer. In addition to routine upkeep, maintenance crews will replace collapsed drains in the cafeteria at Timber Creek. The board also approved a contract with Johnson Controls to replace HVAC equipment at Pine Ridge and Livingston Intermediate. Off-site Sewer Facility Trustees voted to table action on options presented for an Off Site Sanitary Sewer for the new high school campus on FM 350 South. After reviewing two options that upgrade a lift station at Wal- Mart and move a lift station across from Tractor Supply and tie into existing City of Livingston sewer lines, trustees voted to table action on the plan and seek additional information. Trustee Ben Ogletree asked why neither of the options tie in where the pressure main goes to the prison. Myers said he wasn’t sure of specific reasons why the city favored the route that crosses through Anthony Properties as opposed to continuing north on FM 350 to U.S. 190. “The issue may be flow rate,” Myers said. Personnnel Changes Resignation of auxiliary personnel Sabrina Friederich — Jr. High Registrar Hiring of auxiliary personnel Michelle Vess — Jr. High Registrar, replacing Sabrina Friederich Resignation of professional personnel Pine Ridge Melanie Brister — Kindergarten Teacher Amy Hoover — Kindergarten Teacher Megan Murphy Timber Creek Lindsey Rowe Jones, 2nd Grade Teacher Jr. High Bonnie Williams — Math Teacher Hiring of professional personnel Pine Ridge Caylee Evans — 2nd grade, replacing Megan Murphy Allison Mosely — Kindergarten, replacing Melanie Brister Leslie Casiday — 2nd Grade, replacing Donna Reeves Jr. High Brant Brown, Math Teacher, replacing Amy Waldie

 

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