L.I.S.D. Votes in Favor of Proposed 67.9 Million Dollar Construction of New High School, LIVINGSTON, January 22, 2008 - In a business meeting at the Livingston Independent School District administrative office, the L.I.S.D. Board of Trustees voted in favor of a proposed 67.9 million dollar plan for construction of a new high school. The vote was a unanimous 7 - 0 in favor of the proposal. The board of trustees which consists of: Henry Ager, Frank Henderson, Ben Ogletree III, Bea Ellis, Brian Bounds, Jeff Galloway, and Mike Nettles followed the advice of LISD Superintendent, Dr. Darrell Myers. Their decision came after studying the issue for nearly 3 years. According to project manager, architects and building constructors, the cost of construction is going up 1percent a month which comes to 12 percent a year.
LISD Board of Trustees: (L - R) Henry Ager, Frank Henderson, Ben Ogletree III, Bea Ellis, Superintendent Dr. Darrell Myers, Brian Bounds, Jeff Galloway, Mike Nettles
The board had three proposals to choose from:
A. Transpose (swap) the Jr. High and High Schools which would cost a projected 36.4 million
B. Renovations to the current high school which would cost a projected 44.1 million
C. Construct a new high school which would cost a projected 67.9 million
Among other things, Dr. Myers said that while swapping the high school and jr. high would cost less, it would do nothing to relieve the growing population of the elementary school. Dr. Myers also stated that while other parts of the country aren't doing so well economically, the Gulf Coast and East Texas economies (which include Livingston) are balooning strong economies.
The board will meet in February to set a bond election which will probably be scheduled for May which will likely fall on the second Tuesday in May (May 13).
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