Gause trustees okay plan for high school

By MARIE BAKKEN Reporter Staff

GAUSE–Plans are in the works for a new high school in eastern Milam County. Gause ISD trustees made that decision during a recent board meeting to expand the district to include grades 9-12. They currently just house Pre-K through eighth grades.

“There is no time line set,” GISD Supt. Perry Bell said. “We are still working on our strategic plan.”

Board members decided last month to adopt a master plan that includes adding one grade level at a time and do so without using debt service. In other words, they will try to build a high school without using a bond election.

“The decision by the board was to do so by eliminating debt service from the community,” Bell said.

A strategic plan is the next step for the board and that includes prioritizing projects.

Board members researched, deliberated, studied parent surveys and listened to both parents and citizens of Gause before coming to a decision.

“We are looking at maybe starting in the next two to three years. There are lots of thing to do to get going,” Bell said. “It depends on how much money we can get and to use that efficiently and effectively.”

Preliminary plans are to construct another building on the school’s current campus in Gause, about half a mile north of the US 79 and FM 2095 intersection.

Other items to look at are centralizing the district’s library, enhancing the cafeteria and getting teachers certified to teach secondary classes, Bell said.

GISD helped its case in trying to get more students, as they earned the highest possible “exemplary” ranking from the Texas Education Agency. The TEA released new district and school rankings for across the state last week (see related story).

Gause’s enrollment was at 155 for grades Pre-K 4 through 8th at the end of the 2009-10 school year.

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