Trustees debate buying co-op a building, select construction manager-at-risk

Bowie Independent School District Trustees conducted a lengthy meeting Tuesday night on a varied slate of topics that included the selection of a construction manager-at-risk for the new administration building project, educator contracts and a discussion on the county special education cooperative buying a building.
The board met for nearly four hours Tuesday night. A closed session of almost an hour opened the night as they interviewed representatives from M&F Litteken for the construction manager-at-risk job on the new administrative offices’ project.
A video presentation was shown as the company officials gave their history and showed some of their other projects in the area. Superintendent Blake Enlow said the company was “very impressive, and they were top scorers” in the review of prospects. Trustees approved Litteken and they will now move into preparing the contract for professional services.

The board’s second closed session was the review of educator contracts. Enlow said all staff were offered contracts.
Coach Bre Jones is leaving her position as head volleyball coach, but will still teach in the district next year. There are also three retirements Kami Bowman, Dianna Maahs and DeAnn Ash all at the elementary.
Enlow said there are some staff members who are completing certifications and he also anticipates there may be some who do not return their contracts, but he has not been made aware of those.
Education Co-op
Trustees had an extensive discussion about BISD being asked to contribute $108,751.74 for the Montague County Special Classes Cooperative to purchase a building for its offices.
The special classes cooperative provides specialized services school districts in the county may need for their students.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.