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SISD discusses construction project delays

20101025_SharylandISD_WalkThrough_CAB_0043MISSION — Administrators with the Sharyland Independent School District reported that renovations at Castleman Gym have been completed while a major renovation at Sharyland High School’s auditorium is behind schedule and won’t be complete until November.

“There’s a couple of little things, but it is pretty much complete,” said Superintendent Scott Owings when asked if the gym was done.

The gym received a new paint job, renovated locker rooms and restrooms, new bleachers, air conditioning and offices, and new wall pads, among other amenities.

After final touches are complete, the gym will be open for student activities.

“It looks real good,” said board member Fred Ramirez.

Another construction project, which was approved by voters through a bond election in May, is still being worked on. The SHS auditorium was built in the 1970s with no overhauls. The remodeling has allowed for new wall acoustic padding and new lights. By removing a wall, the stage size has been increased. The project also included remodeled dressing rooms.

The project has been delayed with stage lighting and the renovation of the stage floor. School board members were disappointed that the auditorium can’t be used because of the setbacks.

The project had a completion date in mid-September, but school officials said a delay in receiving material has stalled construction. A new tentative completion date has been set for Nov. 12.

Meanwhile, other issues in the SHS auditorium have kept certain aspects of the project at a standstill. The curtains originally ordered were not UIL approved. The school district had to reorder correct curtains that will not be in place until Nov. 16 at the earliest.

As the district continues ongoing construction projects throughout the district, the school board is considering renovations for the agriculture farm. They discussed the need for more room and the proper way the animals should be penned.

The board also discussed irrigation work to address the pooling of water on SISD campuses. SISD wants to acquire the canal right-of-way land to use for school drainage. The school district wants to ensure that proper drainage is acquired to alleviate the flooding on campus without causing flooding to residents living in Brentwood Estates. School officials, residents and water district officials have been meeting to come up with a unified plan that will resolve all issues.

In other items, SISD received a superior achievement rating for the year ending Aug. 31, 2009 with a total of 77 points out of a possible 80 for the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas. The school district has received a superior rating since FIRST was developed in 2000.

The standards assess items like expenditures per student, investments, the ratio of students to teachers, earnings and other finance-related issues.

Bentsen, Jensen and Hinojosa elementaries were recognized for their Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC) honor roll status. To be honored, schools are compared with individual peer school and students groups, and then tracked over a multiyear period. The TBEC award is given for sustained, academic excellence. Campuses will be recognized at a special seminar session in San Antonio on Nov. 9. About four percent of the schools in Texas make the honor roll list.

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