Cleveland ISD’s board of trustees on Tuesday night time, June 30, awarded a $24.376 million contract to McKinney, Texas-based Pogue Development for a brand new elementary campus within the Colony Ridge growth south of Plum Grove. The yet-unnamed campus is being known as Elementary Campus #5 till the varsity board determines its identify.
Development of the brand new campus will start within the close to future, mentioned Cleveland ISD Superintendent Chris Trotter. It’s being constructed on an 18-acre tract on the nook of Almeda and Grand San Jacinto streets within the Grand San Jacinto subdivision. The land was donated to Cleveland ISD by Colony Ridge Land LLC.
Trotter mentioned the campus, designed by Huckabee Structure, shall be primarily based on a prototype of Southside Elementary Faculty in Cleveland. Funding for the campus will come from bond cash authorized within the $198 million bond election final November. The bond offers the monetary assets for the varsity district to handle overcrowding and speedy development.
“I’m very excited to share with the taxpayers that Cleveland ISD has secured a really strong bid on our first constructing of the November 2019 bond tasks. Huckabee Architects has designed an environment friendly constructing and Pogue Development Firm has offered us an distinctive value for the constructing,” Trotter mentioned. “I stay dedicated to offering the taxpayers of Cleveland ISD the most effective services potential, inside price range. On this case, I’m happy to report that the bid is nicely beneath price range.”
Board President Chris Wooden added his enthusiasm and assist for the brand new venture, saying he couldn’t be extra happy with the collection of Pogue Development as the overall contractor.
“As evidenced within the bids we acquired, Mr. Trotter and his crew have labored diligently to safe the most effective course of for our November 2019 bond tasks. The district prides itself on managing its monetary assets and being good stewards of our neighborhood’s tax . The bids we acquired are a transparent reflection of those practices and expectations,” Wooden mentioned.
Along with the brand new elementary campus, funds from the $198 million bond shall be used to renovate Northside Elementary in Cleveland, construct a sixth elementary faculties and a brand new junior excessive, and add a instructor studying center-administrative workplace. The bond additionally pays for upgrades to the softball and baseball fields at Cleveland Excessive Faculty.
On Tuesday, the board additionally authorized a 1.5 p.c wage improve for all District staff, a rise within the beginning bus driver pay of $18.50 an hour, a retention bonus of $500 for administration, academics and different Chapter 21 personnel, and a $250 retention bonus for all assist workers.
The assembly additionally included a price range workshop led by Karen Billingsley, the district’s monetary advisor. She defined that the proposed price range for the 2021-2022 faculty yr is $81,685,668, a rise of $12,696,140, equal to 18.40 p.c, from the earlier yr.
The district’s payroll absorbs 80.69 p.c of the annual price range. With a purpose to hold from pushing off a tax fee improve to Cleveland ISD residents, the District will use $651,000 from the fund steadiness. Billingsley mentioned property values throughout the District have gone up considerably despite the fact that the District’s tax fee has gone down.
The Board won’t be able to undertake a tax fee till August, nonetheless, after assessments are made by the Texas Schooling Company.