Weatherford Democrat

Front Page

April 12, 2014

Assessing the needs

Weatherford ISD having district’s facilities’ needs reviewed ahead of April 24 meeting

By SALLY SEXTON

For the last few weeks, Weatherford ISD has had some new faces on campuses as engineers and architects of Huckabee & Associates have busily been assessing district facility needs.

The group is planning on presenting a detailed summary of their findings to the Weatherford ISD board at an April 24 work session.

“We’ve been looking at kitchen equipment, plumbing, electricity, structural, things of that nature,” Tim McClure said. “We’ve tried to make our presence as less distracting as possible and, during testing, we just completely stayed away.”

As an example of what is to come, Huckabee presented board members a summary of assessments of Ikard Elementary during Thursday night’s board meeting.

“There will be a more extensive review coming soon, in anticipation of our April 24 work session,” McClure said.

The work session is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the District Services Building.

On Thursday, board members got the chance to learn from some of the district’s finest, as students from Ikard Elementary demonstrated how to use two of the school’s reading apps, One Minute Reader and Lexia Reading Core5, which helps students with dyslexia.

“These are interactive programs that really help keep the students engaged,” Ikard principal Christie Burton said. “They also document and monitor the student’s progress so it’s really holding us accountable.”

Board members also heard a report from energy conservation company Cenergistic, which has been in talks with administrators on possibly implementing the new system to replace current measures of energy control.

According to regional president Gary Clark, the company had offered a guarantee to the district that if they didn’t see any savings, the company would write the district a check for the difference at the end of each year. The contract also stipulated a five-year term.

“It’s not going to cost you any more than what you’re already paying,” Clark said. “And it could save you 19-20 percent in utilities.”

Board member Jeff Geyer voiced his concerns on the potential switchover, noting that two of his main worries were that the company mainly dealt with large churches or taxed entities and the possible impositions it could have on staff.

“Our teachers already have enough to do without going through a check list to unplug this or turn off this every day,” Geyer said.

Clark responded to Geyer’s concerns, saying that teachers and staff would not be directly impacted and that the majority of the company’s clients included K-12 schools, as well as major universities such as Abilene Christian and Oklahoma State.

“We want to make sure the teachers have as much energy as they need and our main focus is on after-hours, Spring Break, those things,” he said. “We mostly deal with custodial and maintenance people and work with them to change habits and behaviors.

“Currently the district spends about $4,300 per day on utilities, which is actual good for that size.”

Board member Joshua Tarbay asked if the board could have more time to study the potential contract before making a decision.

“I’m with Mr. Geyer,” he said. “It’s not that we don’t trust our administrators but I’d like a little more time before we jump into something that’s going to be for the next five years.”

The agenda item was tabled to the April 24 work session.

Board members also approved a resolution for staff regarding bad weather days earlier this year.

“This resolution would provide salaries for those unable to work during the six bad weather days that we had,” WISD superintendent Jeffrey Hanks said. “Otherwise, they would have to make them up later on.”

Trustees unanimously approved the resolution.

1
Text Only
Front Page
  • Rates of the rise?

    As part of an ongoing discussion, the City of Weatherford Municipal Utilities Board Thursday was taken through part two of the rate-making process for the city’s proposed capital improvement plan. The result of this plan will have a direct impact on utility rates for city customers. 

    July 24, 2014

  • Hospital board moves closer to building ambulance station

    The Parker County Hospital District Board of Directors took steps Wednesday to advertise and accept bids for the construction of a Brock-area ambulance station. 

    July 24, 2014

  • 0725 one arson.JPG Suspicious house fire under investigation

    The Weatherford fire marshal says a fire that damaged a house and killed two puppies Wednesday night is being investigated as a suspicious fire and a suspect is in jail on unrelated charges.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • CPS data.jpg Case overload

    Parker County Attorney John Forrest will ask county commissioners for additional funds as county budget discussions begin this year; he hopes to hire another attorney to help with an increase in Child Protective Services cases.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • City to transfer bond funds to cover street project

    Per the recommendations of City of Weatherford staff, the Weatherford City Council Tuesday approved an ordinance amending the fiscal year 2014 budget to transfer monies from various bond funds into the general capital improvement projects fund. The reallocation of funds are from bonds designated to various street construction projects and will be consolidated into one more street construction project: the access road between Bethel Road and South Bowie Dr.

    July 23, 2014

  • Richard Adams Sr. Firefighter arrested on child sex assault charges

    A volunteer Hudson Oaks firefighter is in the Parker County Jail on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted two young relatives over a several year period. 

    Richard Frederick Adams Sr., 62, arrested Monday, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0723 one trooper.jpg Living up to his name

    For a dog that has survived all odds, Trooper, a three-legged dog that is now seen at fundraisers and other Weatherford events, really does live up to his nickname, Super Trooper.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Macedo, Kelly.jpeg Couple arrested for stealing from elderly woman

    A Weatherford man and woman were arrested last week on charges that they burglarized the house of a woman in a nursing home, making off with books of checks and a rifle found by police during a traffic stop in May. 

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0723 one solar power car.jpg Powered by the sun

    About a half dozen solar-powered cars racing cross county began arriving in Weatherford late Monday afternoon. 

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cole Pritchard.jpg Becoming tech savvy

    Monday afternoon, Weatherford Public Library was home to local teens with a “techie” appetite. As a part of the library’s Young Adult Summer Reading Club, the library hosted a Teen Tech Challenge was hosted to inspire teens with desires of becoming animators and designers. Beyond just technology as a draw, those with a creative mind or a passion for storytelling were also invited.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks