Holliday ISD approves construction of new Band Hall

An elevation of the soon to be built Holliday ISD band hall presented to the school board Sept. 14.

Holliday ISD voted unanimously Monday night, Sept. 14, to construct a new band hall and renovate the existing band hall. The two band halls will then be connected.

It will be a welcome addition to the award-winning band program. The overall project cost will be $3.7 million based on bids and estimates presented at the meeting by the architectural firm HPA, Inc. and M&F Litteken Construction. The project will take a little over two years to complete.

The decision to move forward with the project comes on the heels of the completion of new grade school classrooms and bus barn.

HPA, Inc. was represented at the meeting by Sam Kenshalo and Glenda Ramsey. Kevin Darnell represented M&F Litteken as the Construction Manager at Risk. Itemized bids were reviewed as well as the overall expected cost. According to Darnell, the bids were very favorable and he felt the time was right to move forward.

Bids and proposals were also presented for improvements to the Holliday ISD Ag Building. Plans are still in the works for those improvements, but final action was not taken on the Ag Building proposal. The plan for this project is to move forward as the band hall project nears completion. Superintendent Cody Carroll said it was definitely a part of the overall plan for development in the Holliday ISD system.

Other Items:

Principals from the elementary, middle and high school campuses updated the Trustees on remote learning and progress with school opening in the COVID-19 environment. The elementary school had 18 remote learners down from 22 at the start of the school year. The middle school had eight remote learners with four expected to return to the classroom after the first six weeks. The high school has 327 students enrolled with 14 remote learners, down from

17.

The Trustees unanimously approved a tax rate for the coming year. The current tax rate is $1.3783 per $100 of property valuation. The rate approved for next year is $1.32780. The rate includes both maintenance and operations and debt service.

Kim Booher reported the progress made with the Holliday Collegiate Academy Grant. The grant was for $50,000. With the grant the district was able to purchase welding helmets, calculators, chrome books and a human torso for the science classes.

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