Blue Ribbon school recognized by WISD board of trustees

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Principal Sterling Haskell and many of the teachers and staff of Stanton-Smith were recognized at the Oct. 9 Whitehouse Independent School District board meeting for attaining National Blue Ribbon school status, one of only 28 schools in Texas to achieve the distinction.

WISD Superintendent Dr. Christopher Moran presented Haskell with “Good to Great,” a book by Jim Collins, in recognition of Stanton-Smith’s accomplishments.

“Being great is hard, staying great is harder,” said Moran, “and I know you guys are committed to that.”

Due to the recent dry weather, representatives from WRL Construction were able to report the various building projects at the high school, junior high and Brown Elementary have been caught up and are scheduled to be completed on time.

The construction budget update by Mike Craig indicated the cost of WISD construction would come in under budget by 2.59 million dollars.

One of the projects not yet begun is that of the Education Support Center. As the construction for the center is comprised of renovations to the current Brown Elementary School, work there cannot begin until the new Brown site has been completed. The board has moved forward, however, by approving the floor plan for the Education Support Center, allowing the district to seek bids on the work to be done.

Several consent items were approved at the board meeting. One of those items was the approval of Change Orders to Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 of WISD construction. This resulted in acceptance of money returned to WISD by WRL Construction owing to savings from the estimated costs originally bid. The amount totaled approximately 1.5 million dollars.

The board also approved the disposal of unnecessary property, specifically the south stadium visitor bleachers. The bleachers will be sold for $8,000 to a cowboy church in San Augustine. The sale will not only bring in money, but will save the district the cost of demolishing the bleachers and having them removed.

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