MIDLOTHIAN — The Midlothian ISD board of trustees will select a construction manager for its second high school in September. The school board held all-day interviews on Friday, Aug. 12.

According to board president Duke Burge, the board has narrowed the candidates down to four finalists from the original five companies.

The second high school approved in the 2011 bond will cost about $74 million and has an estimated completion date of August 2014.

During its Aug. 15 meeting, the school board also discussed the formation of a Bond Oversight Committee. The board members are deliberating over their selections for committee members. The Bond Oversight Committee would oversee the use of the school district’s funds allocated by the bond for buildings and projects. Members would also receive information on all aspects of any projects and the expenses.

“The committee is to ensure that the Midlothian citizen’s tax money is spent appropriately and efficiently,” said Jana Hathorne, MISD public relations coordinator.

Monday’s meeting began with the MISD band boosters presenting a $1,500 check, collected from selling water at graduation, to the board. The scholarship is set aside for funding teachers’ continued education.

The board also made a decision concerning the new end of course tests, which will replace the TAKS for incoming freshmen this year. The state is requiring MISD to make these test scores 15 percent of the students’ final course grade. The board decided that the EOC scores will not affect students’ grade point average, class rank or course credit. However, the scores may eventually influence students’ course credit.

The board approved a job classification for an existing staff member to include administrative assistant and business office responsibilities.

The board also approved $44,600 from the fund balance for data processing.

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