Board Briefs: March 24, 2016 Regular Meeting

UIL Wrestling Tournament

Congratulations to two Round Rock ISD students for making district history as they are the first qualifiers for the University Interscholastic League (UIL) wrestling tournament. Cedar Ridge High School senior Mike Seijo and McNeil High Schol sophomore Tyler Barker represented RRISD alongside the top 16 wrestlers in the state in their respective weight classes on February 19 and 20. The Cedar Ridge wrestling coach is Tyler Harrison and the McNeil wrestling coach is Huey Huynh. The Cedar Ridge principal is Lynette Thomas and McNeil principal is Courtney Acosta.

 

UIL State Swim Meet

Congratulations to the Westwood High School Boys swim team and Round Rock High School Girls swim team for earning top marks at the University Interscholastic League (UIL) state swim meet on February 19th and February 20th. The Westwood boys teams finished fifth place overall and both campuses had students earn individual and relay placements. Along with their ranking, the Westwood boy’s medley relay team earned the 13th fastest time in the state’s history. Round Rock ISD had five Warriors and four Dragons place at the state meet, as well as several swimmers from McNeil, Round Rock and Westwood high schools earn All-State Recognition swim.

McNeil HS Swim Coaches are Johnny Foss, Head Coach and Kerry Carter, Assistant Coach. Principal is Courtney Acosta.
Round Rock HS Swim Coach is Tom Arredondo. Principal is Natalie Nichols.
Westwood HS Swim Coach is Matt McBrearty. Principal is Laurelyn Arterbury.
The following students are being recognized for being stellar student athletes in swimming.

 

Student’s Name
Campus
All-State Swim Team Recognition
Garrett Hailes
McNeil HS
400 Freestyle Relay, Honorable Mention

200 Freestyle Relay, 8th fastest time
Josh Harris
McNeil HS
400 Freestyle Relay, Honorable Mention

200 Freestyle Relay, 8th fastest time
Cameron Katzman
McNeil HS
400 Freestyle Relay, Honorable Mention

200 Freestyle Relay, 8th fastest time
Nick Shomper
McNeil HS
400 Freestyle Relay, Honorable Mention

200 Freestyle Relay, 8th fastest time
Kamy Alexander
Round Rock HS
200 Medley Relay, 4th place
Rose Anconetani
Round Rock HS
200 Freestyle Relay, Honorable Mention

400 Freestyle Relay, Honorable Mention
Elise Johnson
Round Rock HS
200 Medley Relay, 4th place
Noa Johnson
Round Rock HS
200 Freestyle Relay, Honorable Mention
Breely Peterson
Round Rock HS
200 Freestyle Relay, Honorable Mention
Cassie Phillips
Round Rock HS
200 Medley Relay, 4th place

100 Butterfly, 6th place and 4th in state finals

200 Freestyle Relay, Honorable Mention

400 Freestyle Relay, Honorable Mention
Kamy Philips
Round Rock HS
100 Backstroke, Honorable Mention
Hope Scherger
Round Rock HS
400 Freestyle Relay, Honorable Mention
Demi Waworuntu
Round Rock HS
400 Freestyle Relay, Honorable Mention
Ashlyn Carroll
Westwood HS
200 Medley Relay, Honorable Mention
Cole Hebert
Westwood HS
400 Freestyle Relay, Honorable Mention
Claire Mahoney
Westwood HS
200 Medley Relay, Honorable Mention
Portia Perley
Westwood HS
200 Medley Relay, Honorable Mention
Greg Raper
Westwood HS
200 Medley Relay, 2nd place

50 Freestyle, 6th place

100 Butterfly, Honorable Mention

400 Freestyle Relay, Honorable Mention
Liam Tan
Westwood HS
200 Medley Relay, 2nd place

200 IM, 10th place

100 Butterfly, Honorable Mention

400 Freestyle Relay, Honorable Mention
Adam Toler
Westwood HS
200 Medley Relay, 2nd place
Preston Varozza
Westwood HS
200 Medley Relay, 2nd place

100 Backstroke, 2nd place

100 Freestyle Relay, 3rd place

400 Freestyle Relay, Honorable Mention
Angela Wang
Westwood HS
100 Breaststroke, Honorable Mention

200 Medley Relay, Honorable Mention
Austin Energy Regional Science Festival

Round Rock ISD students earned a total of 193 first-place or special awards at the annual Austin Energy Regional Science Festival held February 17 – 20 at the Palmer Events Center. Two students from Westwood High School are moving forward to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair being held in Phoenix, Arizona May 8 – 13. Congratulations to Saket Myneni for Microbiology: Novel Approach to Antibiotics and Antifungals: Testing The Effectiveness of Azadirachta Indica Extracts and Rucha Joshi for Computer Science: Systems Software: Determining Network Robustness Using Region Based Connectivity. Judy Grimsley is the teacher accompanying them to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and Laurelyn Arterbury is the Westwood HS principal.

 

Texas Youth Art Show

The Texas Art Education Association selected artwork from four Round Rock ISD students for display at the Texas Youth Show February 29 through March 5 at the Texas Capitol. These students’ artworks will continue to be displayed at the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum from March 7 to April 4.

 

Congratulations to Grisham Middle School student Lea Maria Alvarado for her piece entitled “Cuenros en mi Rostro” (Stories in my Face), advised by Grisham Art Teacher Kristin Goodman. The Grisham principal is Kim Winters.

 

Two Walsh Middle School students featured artwork in the show. Congratulations to Ana Castro-Gautier for her work titled “Taste the Rainbow,” advised by Walsh Art Teacher Sara Jones and Haley Driscoll for her work, “A Part of Me,” advised by Walsh Art Teacher Stephanie Ludlow. The Walsh principal is Toni Hicks.

 

Congratulations to Forest Creek Elementary School student Arissa Pradhan for her piece, “Me and the Magic Quilt,” advised by Forest Creek Art Teacher Pam Arnold. Arissa is the sole elementary student with artwork being displayed. The Forest Creek principal is Sheri Lehnick.[/vc_column_text][/single_tab][single_tab title=”Staff” tab_id=”ad0e3dce-1220-6″][vc_column_text css_animation=”flash”]Purchasing Award

Congratulations to the Round Rock ISD Purchasing department who has been recognized by the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) and received the Award of Merit for Purchasing Operations. The award recognizes school districts that are committed to high professional standards and best practices in the purchasing of goods and services.  Jamie Spiegel is the Director of Purchasing and Materials Management.[/vc_column_text][/single_tab][single_tab title=”Special” tab_id=”1460658856899-2-5″][vc_column_text]Youth Art Month

Round Rock ISD schools have a worldwide reputation for stellar achievement and opportunities in the arts. As part of April’s Youth in Art Month, a celebration of art curriculum in our schools, the teachers who passionately instruct and mentor, and the student artists in our schools, we would like to recognize the occasion with a presentation from the visual arts faculty and students.

Director of Construction Tim Strucely presented a construction update for March on various projects across the district. Joe Lee Johnson Elementary is approximately 37 percent complete.
All of the tilt concrete walls are in place and they are currently working on the superstructure of the rear of the building. Construction is also taking place for the interior in the two classroom wings in the front.
RRISD celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for Middle School No. 11and we are still currently in the earthwork stage.
Round Rock High School Phase 3B is now wrapping up the underground utility installation and will be getting started on the building pad. Construction will move into the concrete phase in the near future.
McNeil High School Phase 1 has presented the second Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) to the board.
The Cedar Ridge High School Auditorium is currently in the design and development milestone proceeding into construction documents and the GMP will be presented at the May board meeting.
Also included, was a review of the Forecast Award Schedule, which included the following:
March 24, 2016
McNeil HS Phase 1 GMP #2, Interior Renovations and Central Plant,Bond

HVAC Systems at Jollyville, Live Oak and Pond Springs, Bond

Public Address Systems at Jollyville and Live Oak, Bond

Chisholm Trail MS Roof Replacement, Bond

Bluebonnet ES Kitchen Freezer Replacement, Bond
April 21, 2016
Public Address Systems at Chisholm Trail, Forest North and Grisham, Bond

Portable Classroom Roof Replacements, Bond
May 19, 2016
McNeil HS Phase 1 GMP #3, Performing Arts and SPED Additions, Bond

Cedar Ridge HS Auditorium GMP, Bond

Wells Branch ES Asphalt Play Surface Replacement, Bond

Chisholm Trail Running Track and Drainage, Bond

Visit http://goo.gl/nJUqkw to view the entire report.

Executive Director for Educational Support John Yonker presented an update on the progress of educational support initiatives.

The department discussed the model of assessing performance the district has made progress on and mentioned the means of measurement need to be fair to all campuses, accurate, actionable and allow the district to make the best decisions when it comes to resources. The model will provide the district with some guidance when making difficult decisions and help identify the biggest areas of needs.

Refinement continues to happen on the district’s tiered model. The ranges of the economically disadvantaged campuses have increased from 3 to 4 levels because of the large enrollment numbers. There have also been adjustments to the waiting periods for assessing student performance gaps. This will allow campuses to be informed where they are in comparison to their peers’ performance in the state in a timely manner.

Also reviewed was a report of performance from ACTION campuses and Priority campuses in comparison to peers.

Current resources and enrichment programs available at ACTION campuses were reviewed and suggestions for further advancement for resources and programs were presented. Educational Support and ACTION campuses are currently working together to determine a five-year plan for area of specialty/focus advancement.

Please visit http://goo.gl/X4E748 to view the entire presentation.

Chief Operating Officer Bob Cervi and Director of Transportation Fritz Klabunde presented a report from proposed removal of transportation services for routes no longer deemed hazardous.

According to Board policy CNA (Local), “The Board shall annually adopt a resolution to identify hazardous conditions within two miles of a school campus.”

Public hearings on the proposed 2016-2017 hazardous routes changes were held on February 4, 9 and 11, 2016 at areas of the district that would be impacted by the proposed changes in order to gather community input.

The reports on existing hazardous routes can be found via the following links:

More details on hazardous routes and the community input can be found at https://roundrockisd.org/round-rock-isd-to-host-three-community-forums-on-hazardous-routes/.

National Library Week celebrates the contributions of all types of libraries. Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), National Library Week and School Library Month sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) are opportunities for our school community to acknowledge the value of school libraries and the positive impact that RRISD librarians, library assistants, and library volunteers have on a student’s education. Research shows that the highest achieving students attend schools with ample resources and certified school librarians. Students who experience strong library programs are successful, contributing citizens. This year the theme for National Library Week is Libraries Transform®.[/vc_column_text][/single_tab][single_tab title=”Resolution Designating Mathematics Awareness Month” tab_id=”7b86d280-94fb-9″][vc_column_text]The Board approved the updating of local policies in switching names of RRISD staff to align with current employees and organizational roles.

Visit http://goo.gl/2Ohl6c to view changes.

The Board of Trustees, administrative staff members and the School District’s attorney met on March 3, 2016 for the purpose of reviewing and for the First Reading of Update 102 and Update 103 as presented and other local policies, exhibits and regulations.  Legal policies in Update 102 and 103 were incorporated into the District’s Board Policy Manual.  The regulations and exhibits are for information only since they are not adopted by the board.

 

Trustees adopted the local policies in Update 102 and Update 103 and adopt local policies with changes to BDAA, BDF, CH, CMB, CQ, DEA, DEAA, DEAB, DEC, DED, DNA, EFAA, EHAC, EHDC, EHDE, EJ, FD and FNCE with an adoption date of March 24, 2016.

The Board approved the following sealed proposals from the May 2014 Bond:

Bluebonnet Elementary Kitchen Renovation and Freezer Replacement (CSP)

  • The project budget for construction cost, including escalation and contingency, is $304,832.
  • DKC Construction Group selected for a total contract amount of $297,836.00, contingent upon successful contract negotiation.

 

Chisholm Trail Middle School Roof Replacement (CSP)

  • The project budget for construction cost, including escalation and contingency, is $2,517,651.
  • Texas Roofing Company Inc., selected for a total contract amount of $2,046,000.00, contingent upon successful contract negotiation.

 

Jollyville Elementary HVAC System Replacement (CSP)

  • The project budget for construction cost, including escalation and contingency, is $1,311,592.
  • Harkins Company selected for a total contract amount of $1,311,592.00, contingent upon successful contract negotiation.

Jollyville Elementary PA/Clock/Bell System Replacement (CSP)

  • The project budget for construction cost, including escalation and contingency, is $233,418.
  • Ace Audio Communications selected for a total contract amount of $103,069.00, contingent upon successful contract negotiation.

 

Live Oak Elementary HVAC System Replacement (CSP)

  • The project budget for construction cost, including escalation and contingency, is $807,309.
  • The Porter Service Company selected for a total contract amount of $772,372.00, contingent upon successful contract negotiation.

 

Live Oak Elementary PA/Clock/Bell System Replacement (CSP)

  • The project budget for construction cost, including escalation and contingency, is $233,417.
  • Ace Audio Communications selected for a total contract amount of $129,531.00, contingent upon successful contract negotiation.

Pond Springs Elementary HVAC System Replacement (CSP)

  • The project budget for construction cost, including escalation and contingency, is $2,292,601
  • Harkins Company selected for a total contract amount of $1,445,939.00, contingent upon successful contract negotiation.

The Board selected Cadence McShane Construction Company, LLC. for GMP No. 2 for the McNeil High School Phase 1 Master Plan for$2,633,742. The second GMP will consist of construction of a renovation of existing student restrooms, renovation of a female locker room, replacement of existing boiler, temporary alternate secure entry and temporary administrative offices. This brings the cumulative total construction cost of Phase 1 Master Plan to $4,129,257.

Cadence Mcshane was also awarded the first GMP of $1,495,515 for the construction of an agriscience stock barn, replacement of the main gymnasium bleachers and advance purchase of the steel package for the agriscience classroom building.

 

The Board approved adjusted prevailing wage rates for construction projects. View the new rates by visiting http://goo.gl/k9IuHo.

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