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Alvarez leaves GW school board, new high school nears completion
by Matt Naber
Jun 21, 2013 | 1106 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The finishing touches are being applied to the new George West High School as the district says goodbye to the old building and to school board member Mackey Alvarez, who resigned at the June 12 board meeting.

“I want to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for my eight-year term,” Alvarez said. “Sometimes we think, ‘do we have the perfect school board or the perfect school district?’ but we’ve become a team of eight that upholds the standards that are going to get us there. We’ve come a long way.”

Her resignation was effective immediately and in the middle of her term. The board unanimously decided to take the district’s traditional approach to filling vacated member positions by appointment. Their other option was to hold a special election.

In other George West Independent School District news:

• Construction is nearly complete on the new high school. The back canopy is installed, and finishing touches are being added to the outdoor walkways with brickwork drainage. The final layer on the interior of the roof is anticipated for completion within the next couple of weeks.

Old school trophies are being added to the display cases as they get moved over. Millwork such as storage cabinets and marker boards are all installed, and 90 percent of the carpet and vinyl tiles are installed.

The library’s shelves are installed; the air conditioning has been tested, and all of the restrooms are finished.

“When you look at this, it looks done, and that’s why I want that punch list,” Superintendent Ty Sparks said. “I don’t want to get to Aug. 25 and still have those little things hanging around.”

• The board reviewed the policies for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect. Sparks said the district is legally responsible to report suspected abuse to Child Protective Services within 48 hours of suspicion.

“Our teachers are great; by the time they get to me they’ve already gone online and reported it,” George West Police Officer Bob Meakins said.

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