Needville ISD trustees approved a joint election with the city of Needville for May 4 and a contract with Fort Bend County to conduct the election.

The two seats on the Needville School Board up for election are Position 1, currently held by John West, and Position 2, held by Scott Valchar.

Early voting begins Tuesday, April 23, and ends Tuesday, April 30. During that time, ballots may be cast at any polling location in the county. On Election Day, Needville voters must cast their ballots at Fort Bend County Road and Bridge, 3743 School St. in Needville.

West is being challenged by Joshua Dale for his seat on the board, but Valchar has drawn no opponent.

Trustees set March 4-8 as Public Schools Week at Needville ISD, and approved Marshall Construction as construction manager at-risk for renovations to the two-story portion of the old high school, which will house administrative offices. That project should be complete in the fall.

Trustees also approved: Entegral as the design-build provider for making repairs and upgrades to the HVAC system at the elementary school; district and campus improvement plans for 2019-2020; a statement of impact stating charter schools negatively affect public schools; and a $297,000 amendment to the budget.

The latter includes $94,000 for the purchase of a new school bus and salaries for two new route drivers, six new positions, a part-time assistant for the district’s band program, and the purchase of some band instruments.

Following executive session, the board unanimously approved contract extensions for Assistant Superintendent Beth Briscoe, Assistant Superintendent of Finance Dovie Peschel, administrators at all four campuses, and several directors throughout the district.

“They are all dedicated to the kids, they are all dedicated to the school, they are all dedicated to the staff, and they are all dedicated and committed to doing what they do and love,” said Superintendent Curtis Rhodes.

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