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Bids to be sought after board gives approval

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By Britney Tabor

SANGER — School board members in Sanger authorized Superintendent Kent Crutsinger to go out for bids to replace the roof and air-conditioning and heating system at Chisholm Trail Elementary on Wednesday.

The board approved the action in a 5-0 vote but stopped short of deciding on more than a $1 million in additional district repairs and renovations brought to the board last month.

Once bids have been received for the roof and HVAC system at Chisholm Trail, the board will consider whether to give final approval to the work, district officials say.

Board President Ken Scribner said action taken by the board Wednesday has been “a couple months coming.”

“We’ve taken our baby steps,” he said. “I think we’ve done our due diligence to see how improvements are needed around the district ... and now it’s time to go get the bids. As long as our bids come back and we can do those projects with the money we have, then we’re in good shape.”

The district intends to use general fund reserves to cover the costs at Chisholm Trail Elementary, according to school officials.

Crutsinger told the board that as of Wednesday, the district had more than $1.3 million in undesignated reserves it could use for the capital improvement projects. He added that roof and HVAC expenses at Chisholm Trail could cost the district about $1 million.

According to estimates shared with the school board last month, costs for a new roof are projected to total $425,000 and, for the HVAC system, $634,600. Both the roof and HVAC system currently in use at the school were installed when the school was built in 1987, Crutsinger has said.

Crutsinger told the Denton Record-Chronicle last week that the bidding process could begin as early as the spring. If the board approves the work at Chisholm Trail Elementary, the project could be completed by June before the start of the 2014-15 school year.

Last month, Crutsinger presented the school board with an estimated $2.5 million in needed district capital improvement projects. He said the district also needs a new multipurpose athletic facility and middle school within the next few years, which could be funded by a bond election.

Crutsinger has said he believes Sanger’s current middle school could reach its functional capacity of 500 students within the next three years.

The two projects at Chisholm Trail were among the top projects for the school system, Crutsinger said. He also wants to purchase three additional school buses and make upgrades to technology infrastructure.

Scribner reiterated Wednesday that the board would wait until the latest University Interscholastic League realignments are finalized before considering to purchase new buses.

Scribner said no timetable is set for when the board will resume discussions regarding technology upgrades for the district.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.