Board Approves Elementary #7 Design

Board Approves Elementary #7 Design
Posted on 10/18/2016

Boerne ISD's seventh elementary school, to be built in the Esperanza neighborhood east of the Boerne city limits, will feature a central rotunda to help move students between levels and will draw on elements of the historic Spanish missions' architecture.

The schematic design for the school was approved unanimously by the Board of Trustees at its October 17 regular meeting.

The school in Esperanza is one of three new campuses approved by voters in the 2016 bond and is scheduled to open in August 2019. A new elementary school will open August 2018 in the Fair Oaks Ranch area and a new middle school is slated to open August 2019 near Bergheim.

Board Approves Elementary #7 Design/

Schematic design for Elementary #7. To see more of the architect's presentation, click here.

In other bond-related activity, the Board approved a $1.78 million package of roofing and repair items on seven existing campuses, appointment of a building systems commissioning agent for two of the new schools, and approved pricing on a $300,000 package to build softball batting cages at both high schools.

New School Name Recommendations

The Board received the report of the School Naming Committee, which earlier in the year developed a list of recommended names for the three new schools. Per board policy, trustees can review the submitted recommendations and select one or they can determine a school name of their own choosing. Submitted names included the following:

Elementary School #6 (Dietz Elkhorn): E.L. "Boots" Gaubatz Elementary School, Van Raub Elementary School, Capt. Mark Tyler Voss Elementary School.

Elementary School #7 (Esperanza): Esperanza Elementary School, Dr. Ferdinand L. Herff Elementary School, Capt. Mark Tyler Voss Elementary School.

Middle School #3: Bergheim Middle School, Andreas Engel Middle School, Capt. Mark Tyler Voss Middle School.

Trustees now have the opportunity to review and discuss the submitted names and may make a decision at their discretion.

In Other Business ...

Also during the meeting, assistant superintendent Tish Grill reported that for the sixth consecutive year Boerne ISD has received the highest possible rating for financial integrity from the Texas Education Association. Under the TEA's Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST), BISD received an "A-Superior" rating.

TEA evaluates public school financial management based on a series of 15 criteria. The evaluation is based on financial data from the 2014-15 academic year.

In other business, the Board heard a department update from David Boggan, director of communications. One of the key focuses was the positive impact of the use of social media communications channels for the district. Also, the Board head a report from Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary 3rd grade teacher Julie Gardner on the monarch butterfly conservation program that has been taking place at the school for several years.

The Board will convene again November 14, 2016, for a special audit review meeting. The next regularly scheduled meeting is December 5, 2016.

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