Public meeting set to discuss district facilities
Robert Westbrook
Milano ISD Superintendent

ne of the duties and responsibilities of the superintendency is to look towards the future and try to ascertain the needs of the district. One of the tools I use in doing this is a State of the District report, which is prepared annually for the Board of Trustees. This report looks at all aspects of the district’s operations, including facilities. In the course of my presenting the report to the board in early 2013 and our subsequent discussion, the board felt the most pressing need in the district, facility wise, was our current junior high situation.

After this, we formed a facilities committee, which was comprised of administrators, teachers, parents, community members and students. The committee was charged with analyzing our current facilities and prioritizing what needs, if any, the district has regarding facilities. The committee met several times, toured all district facilities, and thoroughly discussed various scenarios. The top need identified by the committee echoed the thoughts of the board, which is the most pressing facility issue in the district is our junior high.

The district then formed a strategic planning committee to develop new vision and mission statements as well as strategic goals, which will help guide the direction of the district for the next few years. One of the goals recommended by the com- mittee and adopted by the board is the following:

• Milano ISD will provide facilities that enhance a positive learning environment.

At our last board meeting, the board took two steps towards potentially addressing our facility needs. First, the board has called a public meeting to discuss our current facilities and potential needs. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. April 3 at the high school cafetorium. We hope you are able to make the meeting where we can further explain our needs as well as gather input from our parents and community members.

Secondly, the board has initiated the process of hiring an architect. In the vast majority of time, state law requires an architect to be hired when constructing new facilities. Tentatively, the process we will use for selecting an architect will be to issue a request for qualifications and select architects meeting established criteria. Then, a committee of the board and myself will be conducting interviews with prospective architects and making a recommendation to the entire board on which architect to negotiate a contract . Once this takes place, the board can then begin the process of negotiating a contract with the architect.

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