Waxahachie ISD board members approved names for five buildings during its meeting Monday night.
The honorees include former educators Margaret L. Felty, Eddie Finley Sr., Robbie E. Howard and Ron Appleton, along with former board member Oliver E. Clift.
The district’s new elementary will be named after Felty, with Finley’s name on the seventh-grade center (currently the junior high), Howard’s name on the new eighth-grade center, Clift’s name on the new sixth-grade campus and Appleton’s name on the new agriscience building by the Ninth Grade Academy.
All drew praise from the board for their contributions to the district, with the honorees and or their families to be recognized during the December board meeting. The district also will schedule individual ceremonies at each of the buildings at a later date.
“This is an awesome responsibility,” said board member Max Simpson, who with board members Evelyn Coleman and Mark Price made the recommendations as a sub-committee for the full board’s approval. “We took it seriously and we certainly wanted to name the schools for people who made significant contributions to this school district.”
The sub-committee focused on teachers “because we feel the crux of this district is in the classroom,” Simpson said, noting Clift was being recognized for his leadership on the board and experience as a banker during troubled financial times experienced by the district during the World War II era.
Felty and Howard “epitomized classroom teachers,” Simpson said, crediting the district’s successful integration to Finley’s leadership and recognizing Appleton as having served for many years as the district’s agriculture sciences teacher.
“We did a lot of deliberating and took a lot of time to consider all of the names in this process,” Coleman said, noting numerous recommendations were received. “These names kept coming up (and) we felt a lot of commonalities with them.”
“This is something that will be here forever,” Simpson said, noting also the honorees’ families’ extended ties to education. “It’s a nice way for these fabrics to get woven.
“I think the board should be proud of the action we’re taking,” he said.
In other reports to the board, Tom Lueck of Huckabee and WISD executive director of support services Lynn Marshall provided an update relating to the 2006 bond and its projects.
At Global High, work on the second-floor and locker room renovation is expected to be completed by the first week in December.
At the new sixth-grade center, the parking lots should be about 50 percent complete in the next two weeks, with Huckabee reporting the site utilities for fire hydrants and water supply at 90 percent complete.
The concrete foundation should be complete this week, with steel delivery and erection expected to begin, with masonry installation planned for next week.
The building’s geothermal drilling will begin as soon as drilling is finished at the new elementary, with the completion date for the sixth-grade center now estimated at July 25.
At the elementary school site, the northwest parking lot and fire lane loop are complete, with the remaining front parking lot set for completion the last week of November. Site utilities for fire hydrants and water supply are finished, with the geothermal drilling at 65 percent completion. The concrete foundation should be complete by Nov. 19, with steel set to deliver this week. Masonry work is under way on the school’s gymnasium, with the project set for completion July 19.
A new canopy has been installed at Marvin Elementary, where other small projects have been completed.
At the new junior high, the parking lots and geothermal drilling are complete, with steel erection ongoing and complete for two sections.
The building’s second floor should be poured in concrete this week, with masonry work under way on parts of the structure. The campus’ estimated completion date is July 31.
“The critical part is getting everything dried in by February,” Lueck said of the timeline needed to maintain to assure each building’s opening by the start of the next school year.
Board members also were advised of a planned meeting to discuss short- and long-term facilities goals as part of the recommendations with the Legislative Budget Board report.
“There are several items we would like to put before the board,” Marshall said of various projects around the district, including roofing, paving and telephone issues.
A sub-committee of board members Dr. Griggs DeHay, Jim Phillips and Price also was asked to meet with Marshall relating to a replat of the district’s property by the Waxahachie Sports Complex.
Several details remain to be worked out with the city, it was noted.
“It’s a give and take both ways,” Marshall said. “We just need to get some of this worked out.”
In other business, the board approved an agreement with Huckabee to oversee furniture purchases for the new campuses.
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