A-G trustees award bid for kitchen re-do

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There are going to be some hot times and big things cooking next school year at the Alba-Golden High School

The A-GISD School Board saw to that last Monday night at their regular May meeting when they awarded a $231,538 bid to Jackson Construction for a culinary arts renovations project for an ultra-modern commercial kitchen for students to learn the finer points of cooking.

But a new kitchen will not be the only new thing to be found in the A-GISD when the 2017-2018 school year begins. For over 20 years CBTx (Commercial Bank Texas, formerly First National Bank of Emory) has been the banking depository for the A-GISD, but when the bids for the next biennium were totaled the district found that the best option for the district would be to accept the bid of BTH bank (Bank Texas Holding). Bids were solicited from six banks and three responded, Wood County National Bank being the third bank submitting a proposal.

Business Manager Brenda Kelley told the board, “All three banks submitted good proposals, but BTH had the best proposal for us. One of the key features is that they offer a sweep checking account which will earn us money that we have not been getting in the past. A lot of districts around here have gone to sweep checking accounts and have been very pleased with the results.” Sweep checking accounts can allow the banking customers to potentially earn more interest on their money.

The board approved the school calendar for next year and with the new calendar comes a new grading format for Alba-Golden as it will switch from six-week grading periods to nine week grading periods. In the past, there have been three grading periods for each of the school year’s two semesters and now there will only be two grading periods for each semester.

No action was taken, but looking to the future Superintendent Dwayne Ellis told the board, “Everywhere I go people are asking me when we are going to build a new gym. It would take a bond issue to build a new gym because it would cost between $4.6 million and $6 million. I am not pushing for a new gym or a bond issue, but there is a lot of talk about it in the community and we are probably going to have to look at it.”

Ellis suggested that a questionnaire outlining what a new gym would cost be sent out in the first-of-the-year packets to the homes of all students in the district to learn how the community feels about it. Ellis estimates it would take a 22 to 23 cent interest and sinking dund levy (addition to the tax rate) to finance a new gym of this magnitude.

The resignations of three teachers were accepted at the meeting. They were Keelyn Swoape the elementary music teacher, Toni Wiley a second grade teacher, and Beth Drinkwater an ESL / Reading / Language Arts Special Services teacher for the elementary grades.

Additionally, four new teachers were hired at the meeting. They were fourth grade teachers Lacy Phillips and Kathy Boyd, Ag teacher Ashley Radde and theater arts teacher Mandy Whitecotton.

The trustees recognized Olivia Morrison as the Elementary Student of the Month and Evan Galyean and Colton Raymond as Secondary Students of the Month.

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