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New school completion set for July1
by Matt Naber
May 02, 2013 | 1199 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Superintendent Kenneth Rohrbach stands with a statue of Three Rivers High School's mascot, Bobo the Bulldog, in the Three Rivers ISD bus barn on Wednesday afternoon. The statue is 4 feet tall, 6 feet long, weighs over 400 pounds and will be placed infront of the new high school and junior high school between the flag poles.
Superintendent Kenneth Rohrbach stands with a statue of Three Rivers High School's mascot, Bobo the Bulldog, in the Three Rivers ISD bus barn on Wednesday afternoon. The statue is 4 feet tall, 6 feet long, weighs over 400 pounds and will be placed infront of the new high school and junior high school between the flag poles.
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400-pound bulldog statue sits in the Three Rivers Independent School District’s bus barn as construction crews work toward meeting the July 1 completion date for the district’s new high school and junior high school.

The fiberglass statue was donated in memory of recently deceased Three Rivers high school senior Harrison Curbello.

But as the statue of Bobo the Bulldog sits in the bus barn waiting to be placed in front of the new building between the flagpoles within the next month or two, the gears are turning inside. Most of the rooms have cabinets and lighting installed, and the terrazzo flooring is starting to take shape in the entry gallery.

“We are behind schedule,” Three Rivers ISD Superintendent Kenneth Rohrbach said. “It’s just you run into little snags here and there; getting crews to come in and then this crew can’t come in until the next is finished.”

Terrazzo is essentially a type of cement flooring with shards of marble, granite, quartz and glass that can be spread and polished in a marble-like pattern or into an image or shape. In the new school’s case, a large circular school logo with their mascot in the center. Rohrback said the district chose it for its durability and shine.

Rohrbach also said the climatization of the building was completed last week.

In other Three Rivers ISD news:

• The district has not received any applicants for their open janitorial position after six months of searching and is considering outsourcing.

“The unemployment rate here is low, and we can’t get custodians,” Rohrbach said. “We pay well, but we can’t compete with the oil field.”

According to Rohrbach, the district has five staff members covering the custodial duties but are in need of a sixth and possibly a seventh person.

The board met with representatives from McLemore Building Maintenance during their meeting last Monday to learn more about outsourcing their custodial needs. A decision is anticipated during their next meeting on May 23 at 6 p.m.

• The school board unanimously approved using the Education Service Center Region 2 Child Nutrition Program of Corpus Christi in an effort to improve school lunch quality, menu options and utilize government commodities.

This essentially means ESC 2 representatives Art Provencio and Silke West will work with district staff to get students interested in more fresh fruits and vegetables as well as offering healthier, home-cooked options such as salads. Rohrbach said funding for this staff training program is paid for entirely by the Texas Department of Agriculture and doesn’t cost the district anything.

Rohrbach said the district started working with Provencio and West last Tuesday and is pleased with the progress already.

• The board made a budget amendment last Monday that shuffled $9,000 in funds between this fiscal year and the next so the new football jerseys can be ready at the beginning of the season.
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