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June 17, 2010

HISD to hear update on high school construction

HUNTSVILLE — Huntsville Independent School District trustees will consider approval of its fourth tuition waiver for out-of-district students, and will hear an update on the ongoing high school construction and renovation project during their regular meeting Thursday.

The meeting, held at the HISD Hawkins Administration Building on Farm Market Road 2821, begins at 5:30 p.m. with closed session, followed by the open portion of the meeting taking place at about 6:30 p.m.

Originally implemented as a way to boost lagging enrollment numbers,  HISD began offering free tuition to students living outside of the district who wish to attend their school three years ago, in the 2007-08 school year.

The action has been so successful that the board has continued to approve the annual waiver each year since.

“When we first started, we had about 20 out-of-district students enroll,” HISD Superintendent Dr. Richard Montgomery told board members last summer. “It has made a big difference in our enrollment.”

Montgomery reported that while the district would not receive property tax dollars from those out-of-district families, HISD would receive state funding for each student enrolled.

He stated Tuesday that he would once again recommend that the board approve a tuition waiver for the 2010-11 school year.

The district’s $13 million high school facilities improvement project has made its way to the board’s agenda again Thursday, with board members expected to hear an update on the project during the meeting’s facilities workshop.

“The architect and construction manager will give an update to the board on the overall projects for high school construction/renovation,” Montgomery said. “With the exception of reworking of the east parking lot which is now in progress, everything else is still in the design/construction drawing stage.”

According to the superintendent, another meeting will likely take place in six to eight weeks, where complete drawings will be reviewed along with total cost projections,

“Then, hopefully, the remainder of the projects will be approved to begin,” Montgomery said.

Also on Thursday’s agenda:

• Closed Session, where trustees will consider and discuss hiring teachers and other professional employees; discuss the resignations of teachers and other professional employees; consider and discuss assignment of interim Athletic Director; consider responsibilities and duties of high school principal; and consider superintendent’s reassignment of administrative personnel.

• The Consent Agenda, which includes approval of: minutes, the monthly financial statements, budget amendment No. 9, student and UIL/athletic insurance, printing services bids, copy machine proposal, purchase and installation of Lighting Entergy Retrofit/Upgrade and items discussed in closed session.

• Consideration and possible approval of the 2010-11 after school agreement with the YMCA.

• Consideration and possible approval of the agreement with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Walker County for the 2010-11 school year.

• Consideration and possible approval of the 2010-11 HISD Compensation Plan.

• Reports on annual program evaluations.

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