Board Approves Budget, New Elementary Site Plan

Board Approves Budget, New Elementary Site Plan
Posted on 06/21/2016

The Boerne ISD Board of Trustees on Monday, June 20, passed a general operating budget of $70.1 million for 2016-17 which includes a 2 percent pay increase for district employees. The budget also includes a $25 monthly supplement to offset the cost of employees' medical insurance.

The newly approved budget provides for 27 new positions across the district in the new school year.

2016 Bond Projects Move Forward

The Board authorized SAMCO Capital Markets to move forward with the issuance of $75 million in bonds, the first phase in what will be a total of $175 million in bonds sold over the next two years. These first funds will support the initial projects scheduled as part of the 2016 bond.

The Board also granted the superintendent the authority to negotiate a fair price for real estate that would serve as a site for middle school #3.

The Board approved a number of measures associated with 2016 bond-related projects, including naming Bartlett-Cocke the general contractor for the various construction projects to be initiated under the bond. The Bartlett-Cocke firm currently serves as construction manager at risk for the 2013 bond projects and was selected from among three contractors who submitted bids for the position.

Board Approves Budget, New Elementary Site Plan

Site layout for Elementary School #6 was approved by the Board. The architectural design of the new Fabra campus will be used at the Dietz Elkhorn site. LPA architects (formerly OCO) will lead the project. Work already has begun to prepare the site for construction.

Architects, engineers and consultants for other bond-related projects were named. That list is available for review here.

The Board approved a guaranteed maximum price for the first phase of repurposing the old Fabra campus. Bartlett-Cocke presented a GMP of $2,588,103. Under provisions of the 2013 bond, work is already underway on the site, including removal of portable classrooms and other preparatory work.

The Board also approved temporary site improvements to the Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary campus that will assist with parking and loading zone traffic congestion on the campus.

Government Relations Committee Active

Board member Rich Sena reported a significant amount of activity in the area of government relations, specifically generating awareness among state elected officials about the increased pressures placed on this district and others by the current school finance system.

There was a good deal of discussion among board members about the recent Texas Supreme Court ruling that offered little in the way of a remedy for school finance.

Mr. Sena plans to continue a strategic, aggressive program of information not only to those elected officials who directly serve the district, but to a broader reach of officials who are in position to influence state spending on public education.

Next Meeting

The Board's next regularly scheduled meeting is Monday, August 15, 2016.

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