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July 10, 2012

School board to review DHS renovation design

DUNCAN — The Duncan Board of Education will review the schematic design and development for the Duncan High School renovation during its Tuesday meeting.

As part of the bond process, the board members will consider the ideas, which include the construction and renovation process for the high school.

Personnel, which included teachers and other staff, met with the design firm, PBK, more than a week ago to provide ideas of what they’d like to see happen with the renovation of the high school.

Ron Bailey, with PBK, will give a presentation of the design and development of the project. The board is scheduled to take action on whether to accept the design as presented.

If the schematic design is approved, the bond project will enter into the design development stage, which is expected to last for two months. At that time, the company will return to the school board to show the development of the renovation design.

The $19.03 million bond project was initially approved by residents in the Duncan School District in February. Since then, the board began selling bonds for the project and awarded the project to PBK.

The renovation to the high school is expected to start in March 2013, and could take up to two years before the project is completed.

When the project begins, Phase One will consist of construction to the new cafeteria/ kitchen, construction of the new library, renovations to the main campus building on south wing of the first floor and relocating the main offices to a temporary location for the duration of the project.

The school board will meet at 6 p.m. today at Central Office.

Other items:

- The board could enter into an executive session to discuss hiring people and accepting one resignation, Kelly Jones, DHS teacher.

People who could be hired by the school board include Rebekah Herring, special education teacher; Mandy Robbins, special education teacher; Dawn Travis, special education teacher; Jeanne Charitan, special education teacher; Christina Lang, special education teacher; Haley Hatch, special education teacher; Linda Stapp, special education teacher; Jennifer Cobble, Duncan Middle School seventh-grade math teacher; Gene Alridge, spring tennis coach; Jordan Grovenburg, licensed practical nurse; and Tiffany Wright, teacher.

The board may also approve hiring people for positions including a fall and spring tennis coach, standby bus driver, Mark Twain teacher, Mark Twain music teacher, Horace Mann teacher, DHS math teacher, Emerson teacher, four special education teachers, two Woodrow Wilson teachers, contract coach through contract services for 2012-13.

- The school board could approve the 1,080 hour school year calendar.

School districts have a choice between 1,080 hours of instruction and 180 days of instruction. Many school districts choose the 1,080 hours because it allows for more flexibility in the calendar.

- The board members could accept bids from Trans Texas regarding tennis court projects. The projects would be paid out of the building fund and would be reimbursed by the City of Champions.

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