2017-05-18 / Youth

Repairs coming

TASB confirms main renovations at PAISD
Zach Perkins
Reporter


The Brundrett Middle School gym will be completely remodeled this summer after a May 6 bond issue was approved. New basketball backboards, bleachers, a wood playing surface and walls that extend to the ceiling are some of the renovations that will be done. 
Staff photo by Zach Perkins The Brundrett Middle School gym will be completely remodeled this summer after a May 6 bond issue was approved. New basketball backboards, bleachers, a wood playing surface and walls that extend to the ceiling are some of the renovations that will be done. Staff photo by Zach Perkins The repairs that the Port Aransas ISD Board of Trustees believed the three campuses needed were confirmed by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) at regular school board meeting on Wednesday, May 10.

Alfredo Gonzalez, president of the PAISD board, said it was reassuring to see the areas in the evaluation were many of the same areas in need of repair pointed out by the board.

As a third party, TASB evaluated the interior and exterior of all PAISD campuses.

Not all repairs suggested by TASB will be done as part of the bond issue approved by voters May 6.

PAISD voters approved a $6 million bond issue with 11 percent voting: 308 voted for approval, while 55 were against the bond.

TASB’s evaluation showed district wide that there was lack of electrical outlets, fencing, exterior and interior cameras and burglar alarm systems. The evaluators said that more modern schools have key card entrances and the ability to lock classroom doors from the inside with a key. Asphalt in all parking lots is beginning to crack, carpet and tile are worn and there are no canopies for students at pick up/drop off loading areas.

At H.G. Olsen Elementary School, a computer lab is not up to the standards of the Texas Education Agency (TEA), according to TASB. TEA believes that all computer labs should be at least 900 square feet per 25 students.

Gary Marek, a consultant with TASB, expressed his lack of concern over lab size.

“The whole computer lab concept is disappearing,” he said .

Marek (no relation to legendary Port Aransas administrator Doyle Marek) said with the smaller size of modern computers the standard size of a lab should not be something to worry about.

The evaluation done by Marek and his team also showed that the roof at OES needs to be replaced.

The main issue at Brundrett Middle School is the lack of handicap-accessibility, he said.

At Port Aransas High School, TASB found issues with drainage near the front of the school. They also deemed that two science classrooms were not the standard size suggested by TEA, which 1,400 square feet.

A special board meeting will be called if any of the repairs planned by PAISD cost more than $25,000.

Sharon McKinney, superintendent at PAISD, said repairs set to begin this summer are:

•Addition of secondary sets of doors at OES and BMS for security measures.

•New basketball backboards in all three PAISD gyms.

•Switch playing surface in the BMS gym from plastic tile to wood.

•Renovate the bleachers at BMS.

•Re-do the wood floor in the Doyle Marek Gym at PAHS.

•Install hot water in the BMS locker room.

•Place tile in the OES teachers’ work room and replace carpet in the nurse’s office with tile.

•Replace the existing mulch on the OES playground.

•Resurface the loading and pick-up area at BMS.

•Place concrete behind the band hall at PAHS.

•Install a handicap-accessible path from the tennis courts to the track.

•Build a canopy at the maintenance building entrance.

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