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PGISD school trustees discuss land exchange

PGISD school trustees discuss land exchange

November 9th, 2018 by Jennifer Middleton in Texarkana News

Pleasant Grove Independent School District's Board of Trustees considered the terms of a definitive exchange agreement with Christus Ark-La-Tex Health during an executive session Thursday.

The agreement, which is for exchange of a 4.35-acre tract owned by the district for 12.054 acres owned by Christus Ark-La-Tex Health, was tabled at the end of the meeting.

The tract, located at Galleria Oaks and Christus Drive, will be the site of the new elementary school. Funds for the school come from a $19.9 million bond voters approved in May for the new school, security improvements and technology upgrades.

In other business, the board approved using Nabholz as general contractor for the elementary school project. Randy Moore with Lewis Architects said they used a matrix to evaluate the five proposals and Nabholz ranked top.

"Based on those numbers, they scored 91 out of 100," he said. Proposals were also received from B&S, McInnis, Contech and WRL.

The board also accepted the resignation of Dr. Jason Smith, who was offered a contract Nov. 5 to serve as president of Texarkana College. He begins that position Jan. 1. The district has contracted with a superintendent search firm and hired Roger Hailey to serve as interim superintendent until one can be chosen. Smith will replace current TC President James Henry Russell, who in September announced his resignation from the position to become executive vice president and chief financial officer for BWI Companies, Inc. His last day will be Dec. 31.

Trustees also approved members of the 2018-19 Career and Technical Education Committee. They include Jennifer Gibson, Suzanne Platt, Tiffany Horton, Amanda Yowell, Craig Manning, Irene Stanfill, Robert Goline and Fred Meisenheimer.

Director of Business Derick Sibley gave the financial report and said they have collected $2 million, or 15.9 percent of the $13 million levy.

Board President Fred Meisenheimer said district enrollment as of Oct. 31 was 2162, up from 2,129 on the same date last year.

The next meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Central Services, 8500 Kings Highway, Texarkana, Texas.

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