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School Board selects engineer for upcoming projects

The Friona Independent School District Board of Trustees had a busy Monday evening that began with meeting with three engineering firms to provide services relating to potential 2017 Capital Improvement Projects. The three firms were Dekker, Perich & Sabatini of Amarillo, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper of Lubbock, and A+E Design Group of Amarillo.

Each firm presented their projects to the trustees and after lengthy deliberations, the trustees voted to rank the firms in the following order: 1. Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, 2. A+E Design Group, and 3. Dekker, Perich & Sabatini.

The trustees heard reports from Primary Principal Jill Trollinger and Elementary Principal Travis Victory.

Trollinger stated that enrollment was at 263 students at the Primary and 10 children in Daycare. She outlined the activities for the month of October, which includes the Mighty Writers on October 13, Picture Day on October 18, and a field trip to the pumpkin patch in Clovis for the Pre-K and Kindergarten classes on October 20.

Victory reported that enrollment is currently at 329 students and that the fundraiser was a success. The funds will be used for incentives for the students. He outlined October activities, which included a 4th grade music program on October 12, Mighty Writers on October 13 and attending the Pink Out Pep Rally at High School on October 27.

Both Trollinger and Victory stated that the parent/teacher conferences on Monday, October 9 were a success.

Superintendent Dr. Pam Ray reported that enrollment for the district was sitting at 1,111, which is down 16 students from last year, but attendance was up 97.27 percent.

The trustees approved the consent agenda as well as the payment of the monthly bills before approving the purchase of 2017 Suburban. The vehicle was purchased from Stevens 5 Star in Hereford for $44,000.

Authorization was given for the opening of an account at InterBank for issuing payments to sports officials. Monies from the Parmer County Permanent School District were approved to finish the security project. They will be installing locks on all the campus’ doors, which will cost the district $68,957. The final buildings to receive the locks are the Ag Shop at $10,873, District Alternative Education Program (DAEP) at $8,875, Junior High at $19,488.50, and High School at $29,720.50.

“This finishes out where our kids are” stated Dr. Ray.

The trustees cast votes to elect directors for the Parmer County Appraisal District for 2018-2019. Those directors are Alan Monroe, Mitchell Smiley, Lance Bradley, Dustin Cleavinger, and Matt Hromas.

A resolution to cast votes for the directors for the Deaf Smith County Appraisal District for 2018-2019. Those directors are Edward Allison, Carey Black, Mike Brumley, Ted Eicke, and Clay McNeely.

After a brief discussion, the trustees took action on the Amendment No. 1 to Limitation on Appraised Value Agreement between FISD and Mariah del Este, LLC, Texas Comptroller Application No. 1095, pursuant to Chapter 313 of the Texas Tax Code. The trustees voted to continue the agreement.

Before going into closed session the trustees reviewed the FISD vision, mission and belief statements put forth by the District Leadership Committee.

Mission Statement: Friona ISD will provide opportunities for all students to reach their potential and experience success.

Vision Statement: Leading and inspiring our students for a lifetime of success.

Motto: It Takes a Tribe

Belief Statements: T*R*I*B*E

We will Trust.

We will Respect.

We will Inspire.

We will Believe.

We Will Empower.

The FISD Board of Trustees will meet next on Monday, November 13 at 7 p.m. at the FISD Administration Building at 909 E. 11th Street. All meetings are open to the public.