School board discusses projects

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The Sealy ISD Board of Trustees met briefly Wednesday night to discuss the project manager’s report where Mike Zapalac updated the agriculture barn and culinary kitchen projects at the high school and the parking lot at Sealy Elementary.

The barn and kitchen are both nearly complete, with the former set to be finished on Oct. 7 and the latter on Oct. 12. Zapalac said expenditures to date for the two projects sat at $3,473,614, just under the $3,505,389 cost limit set at the outset.

The project manager said the new parking lot at Sealy Elementary School was moving in the right direction. Zapalac received comments from the Sealy City Council prior to the meeting and said he would resubmit plans the following day and hoped to have the permit to begin on Oct. 2 to have it substantially completed on Nov. 24. The budget for the project is $220,530.

After he concluded the project manager’s report, Zapalac’s other presentation was the consideration and approval of purchasing an emergency backup generator at Maggie B. Selman Elementary School. He explained since it was an essential function to the school’s operation, the board could allow him to bypass the public bidding procedure and go with one of the two informal bids he already received to move forward.

The official motion made by Brian Owen and seconded by Jay Aguado was to give the director the authority to negotiate with contractors the best deal for completion of a generator replacement using either emergency or bond funds not to exceed $69,000. Zapalac estimated a completion date of mid-December once all the parts arrive and work is done.

Finally, Superintendent Bryan Hallmark gave his report where he said total enrollment sat at 2,807 students as of last Friday, nine more students than Sealy ISD had at that point last year.

The next meeting of the Sealy ISD Board of Trustees will be Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

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