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October 2018 Amarillo ISD school board meeting


The Amarillo ISD school board celebrated the district's score of 100 and a ‘Superior’ rating on the 2018 Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) Annual Management Report.  Trustees also approved the 2018 tax levy.  The total levy, based on current property values and an AISD tax rate of $1.239 per $100 of assessed value, is $109,073,442 for Potter and Randall counties, which is an increase of $6.5 million over last year.  This represents the total revenue AISD expects to receive from local taxpayers for the 2018-19 budget, assuming a 100 percent collection rate.

The Board also received a report showing the District spent approximately $1.4 million on staff travel (primarily for professional development) in 2017-2018.

Trustees awarded a contract to Page and Associates to begin construction at Fannin Middle School and Lamar Elementary School in mid-November.  This is the first of the 2017 bond projects.  Lamar Elementary is getting a new play court, drainage improvements, new plumbing and restroom renovations, and installation of bullet resistant glass in exterior doors.  Fannin will receive a major expansion and remodel, including 11 new classrooms, relocation of the library, and new administration offices and upgrades to all existing classrooms, hallways and restrooms.  A new bus drop-off lane will be added, as well as a new prominent secured front entrance.

The Board approved design phase documents for bond package #1, which includes work at Bonham Middle School, and Paramount Terrace, Puckett, Ridgecrest, Sleepy Hollow, Western Plateau, and Windsor elementary schools.  All of these campuses will receive plumbing/sewer line work, site drainage work and installation of bullet resistant glass at entrances.  Bonham, Sleepy Hollow, Western Plateau, and Windsor will see improvement to drop-off areas and Sleepy Hollow will also receive an addition of two classrooms and new music and orchestra rooms.

The Board also approved design phase documents for bond package #2 that includes work at the Amarillo Area Center for Advanced Learning, North Heights Alternative School, Carver Elementary Academy and Carver Early Childhood Academy, and Eastridge, Hamlet, Humphrey’s Highland, Landergin, Lawndale, Mesa Verde, Olsen Park, Rogers, Sanborn, South Lawn, Sunrise, Whittier, Wills, and Wolflin elementary schools.  All these schools, with the exception of AACAL, will get site drainage work and installation of bullet-resistant glass at entrances.  Many will receive plumbing and sewer line work and several will get improvements to drop-off areas and new windows.  Once the design of all of these projects is complete, the projects will be bid out and then construction will begin.

Trustees accepted gifts and donations totaling $61,733.08 given to various schools this month from Doyce and Janine Mallett, Jerred and Sheila Kenney, Mr. and Mrs. Djebonhol, Mark and Ashley Logsdon, Coy and Leslie Meyring, John and Sandra Walker, Ulrich Bickel and Berit Osburg-Bickel, David Cargill, Mustard Street Charities/Dr. Jack Mustard, JoAnn Fabrics, Amarillo National Bank, Lisa Shippee Lambert, Fluhman Outdoor, and Carol Etheridge.  Other donors include Atmos Energy, the Paramount Terrace Elementary 5th Grade Class, and the Paramount Terrace PTA, the Amarillo High Orchestra Parents organization, the Wolflin Elementary Booster Club and the Tascosa High School Booster Club, First United Bank and Oliver Saddle Shop.

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