At their Oct. 17 meeting, Needville ISD trustees heard a presentation from Jonathon Pertuit of Claycomb Associates regarding the refurbishing of the two-story structure that was part of the old high school campus, converting it to an administration building.

He said the project is among “the more immediate needs of the district” because of the deteriorating condition of the current administration facility.

Pertuit reviewed with the board a PowerPoint presentation detailing preliminary plans based on input from administration employees regarding their needs.

“The building itself is in pretty good repair,” he said, although there have some roof leaks during the past few years. “Some of this stuff has just deteriorated due to lack of use.”

The structure was built in 2002 and Pertuit said the wood flooring on the ground floor will be refinished and remain as part of the overall aesthetics.

He also said a security vestibule will be added to the front entrance to the building, and the second floor will mostly be used for storage and files.

A parking lot will be constructed on the south side of the building and a marquee will direct visitors from Texas 36 South to the administration building.

Pertuit said once plans are approved by trustees and contractors are in place, construction should take three or four months, meaning the facility could be complete by the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

At this point, a rough estimate of the cost is between $2.5-$3 million.

Trustees also heard presentations from the district’s director of information technology, Corey Kelly, and from Wes McDaniel, CEO of Ideal Impact.

McDaniel said his company provides revenue streams to corporate entities and could save Needville ISD $158,000 annually in energy costs.

The board will review the information he presented and make a decision on possibly contracting with the firm at a future date.

Kelly said his department and the district as a whole have “made a lot of progress” in providing staff and students with the latest technology, and he and his staff intend to continue to do so.

“We’re always there to help,” he said.

Trustees thanked Kelly for the job he and his staff are doing, and Trustee Kim Janke added, “We’ve invested in the future of these students and in the future of our district in a very good way.”

The board approved a proclamation designating Oct. 22-26 as Drug-Free Red Ribbon Week throughout the district, renewed its annual contract with Damon ISD to accept transfer students from that district, and approved an agreement to hire Population and Survey Analysts to do a demographic study for the district.

High school band students Brandon Corona, Fredrick Faniel, Jess Lollar, Braxtin Pieper and Yulia Sharapova were recognized for their achievement of advancing to Area Jazz Band competition, with Corona and Lollar joining the Region 13 Association of Texas Small School Bands Jazz Band in concert Jan. 26 at Needville High School.

Board President Chris Janicek said the last two board meetings of the year will each be held one week earlier than usual due to Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The meetings will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 and Dec

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