DUBLIN (December 15, 2015) – Dublin ISD is once again looking to hold a bond election to improve district facilities, and during the regular December meeting, trustees heard from Gallagher Construction, who did the addition to the Secondary campus.
During the discussion following the presentation, board members talked about the possibility of a May 2016 bond election to fund the construction.
Gallagher Construction presented plans to improve school security by building a security vestibule in the elementary school, which would prevent direct access to the campus’ hallways, and a connected multi-purpose facility. Representatives for Gallagher said this would help contain students by keeping them inside the campus building, another security feature.
Gallagher Construction reps also brought up cosmetic work they believe is needed, potentially adding video surveillance to all campuses and building facilities to allow all high school athletics to be in one location.
“District wide, the faculty and staff have done a great job of maintaining the [elementary] building,” Gallagher Construction employee Steve Risser said. “The only problem is, the buildings were designed before security was such an issue. We can’t stop an attacker. The goal is to slow [the attacker] down where we can minimize the impact.”
The $10 million bond, according to Gallagher Construction, is estimated to have a monthly impact of $10.50 per month on the average home, if the bond is paid over the next 20 years. Board members will continue to discuss the construction and subsequent bond election as the February 18, 2016, deadline to call a bond elections approaches.
The board spent time in closed session to evaluate Dublin ISD Superintendent Dr. Rodney Schneider’s contract and salary. Upon returning to open meeting, the board voted to extend Schneider’s contract by one year, which means the contract now ends in 2021. The superintendent’s salary will remain the same.
“Our school district has come a long way due in large part to Dr. Schneider’s leadership,” president of the school board Mike Jurney said. “I think we are very fortunate to have him.”
Board members also honored exemplary students, discussed security measures and construction, evaluated the superintendent and amended the budget during the meeting. And the Dublin Lions football team, coaching staff and head coach Bob Cervetto for their first back-to-back bi-district championship in school history.
“We are very proud,” Schneider said of the historic team.
The school board recognized their scholars of the month, several of which are not pictured due to being in extracurricular activities. Hailey Stephen and Taylor Smith earned academic scholars of the month, Riley Roberts and April Vasquez earned extracurricular scholar of the month and Legend Brown and Faith Faulkner earned athletic scholar of the month. Schneider also mentioned the elementary and junior high academic UIL teams. At the elementary and intermediate level, Dublin won overall at the district UIL meet. The junior high won second overall at their level.