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May 15, 2014

WISD hires Steele & Freeman for summer projects

WEATHERFORD —

By CHRISTIN COYNE

The Weatherford ISD board of trustees last week approved hiring Steele & Freeman, Inc., at a cost of more than $2 million, to complete several summer projects at many of the district’s campuses. 

The projects include roofing and repaving sidewalks at the Weatherford Ninth Grade Center, replacement of 51 air conditioning units at Tison Middle School, replacement of the fire alarm system at Curtis Elementary, fencing playgrounds at Austin, Crockett, Ikard, Martin, Seguin and Wright elementaries and painting and replacing flooring at several schools. 

Most of the work is scheduled to occur between June and July, according to information provided by the district.  

The Weatherford ISD board of trustees authorized Huckabee, an architect and engineering firm, to advertise the request for general contractors on the firm’s website. The district received several proposals by April 29, and a committee, which included Superintendent Jeffrey Hanks, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations Tracy Ray, Executive Director of Facilities Randy Means and Huckabee, evaluated proposals and recommended Steele & Freeman, Inc. 

Information on the other proposals was not provided to the Democrat by deadline. 

Huckabee also delivered the final draft of a district-wide assessment of facilities. 

The extensive report, which was provided to trustees in two large binders, provided information on the architectural, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, security, technology and kitchen aspects of the district’s facilities. 

The report is expected to be provided to the public on the district’s website, a district spokesman told the Democrat Wednesday.

The board also recognized outgoing board members Kip Hooks and Dave Cowley, who have each served on the board of trustees since 2005, during their recent meeting. 

Mike Guest and Tiffany Branson were elected Saturday to fill the positions and are expected to take office Friday.

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