By Cassie Gregory
The Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated ISD Board of Trustees has called for a bond election to be placed on the November ballot in the total amount of $19.8 million. The decision was based on assessments obtained through facilities inspections, Career & Technology Education (CTE) and curriculum experts and district-wide surveys.
“Preliminary work has been done, facilities tours have been given and more will be scheduled,” said Superintendent Leland Moore. “A list of key communicators has been identified and letters will be going out on this commi- tee shortly. The groundwork has been laid and the process will be ongoing.”
Assessments include the recommendation to replace portable buildings that house the Pre-K program at James Street Elementary and classrooms at Lincoln Junior High School.
“These portable buildings are in excess of 25 years old, all of them are in a ragged state and one has been condemned,” Moore said.
It was also recommended that the district’s CTE program be expanded to offer more vocational courses so graduates will have a sellable skill when they enter the workforce, and to update and improve science and technology classrooms at LJH and Coldspring-Oakhurst High School.“Other items will be identified and presented to the Board,” Moore said. “The Board will determine the priorities of this bond.”
Moore and Board members will hold discussions with COCISD employees in August, and community meetings will be scheduled throughout the district in September and October.
“A clear and precise expenditure of funds will be well-publicized before the election,” Moore said. “We will discuss the cost of each area the Board has approved, with a precise rendering of all improvements.”