Karnes City school board discusses improvements to high school stadium
by Bain Serna
Oct 22, 2012 | 1720 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KARNES CITY –Preliminary and basic plans for facility improvements to the Karnes City High School football stadium (Poss Johnson Field) were examined by the board of trustees during the Oct. 8 regular meeting of the Karnes City Independent school District (KCISD).

“For many years KCISD residents have been asking for improvements to the stadium facility that houses our restrooms and concession stand,” said Superintendent Jeanette Winn after the meeting. “We have been working with architects to design a simple, yet functional facility that will best meet our needs.”

The plans call for greater and more expansive restroom and concession facilities in order to give more efficiency and capacity during athletic events held at the stadium.

Jason A. Young from the Corpus Christi-based architect firm LaMarr Womack and Associates, LP was at the meeting to gather ideas and input from the school board. Trustees reviewed drawings and diagrams of basic plans and relayed ideas and offered suggestions to Young regarding issues such as location, storage spacing, ventilation, entrances and exits, among others.

The board approved the basic design and plan, and will add to the plans as more ideas are discussed and agreed upon.

Superintendent Winn says the project is now being put out for bids, and the board will consider those bids in either November or December. Once a bid is awarded, at that time district officials will be able to give many more details about the project, including a final design and a start and completion date.

Also at the meeting, Trini Gamez was sworn in as a trustee to replace resigned trustee Russell Swize.

Gamez had previously served on the KCISD board for 21 years. Because it is not legal for a trustee to be a member of a board when a close relative is being hired, Gamez resigned from the board in July, enabling the board to legally hire his son and daughter-in-law as part of new teaching staff.

Regarding Gamez’ return to the board, the law allows him to be considered for appointment as long as his relative(s) who are employed with KCISD have been employed with the district for at least 30 continual days, according to Winn.

Both his son and daughter-in-law officially began employment on August 1, 2012 when their contracts were formalized. The swearing in of Gamez came 68 days after his son and daughter-in-law became employees.

In other matters, trustees:

•Heard and approved the 2011-2012 district audit report given by Cameron Gulley, CPA. The district received a “very clean and very good” audit, according to Gulley.

•Heard a report from KCISD business manager Wayne Block regarding the district’s 2010-2011 annual financial report from the Texas Education Agency’s Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST). The financial accountability rating was for the period of Sept. 1, 2010 through Aug. 31, 2011. FCISD scored a perfect 70 out of 70, and was given a “superior achievement” rating.
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