School trustees during their June 17 board meeting approved the purchase of the property for $189,500, utilizing funds the district had for the project. The property, in addition to the land, also includes a house.
Dr. Handlin noted that the property’s location next to the school makes it ideal for future improvements or growth. Although no hard and fast purpose has been designated at this time, school officials are evaluating school needs for the best potential use of the property.
“We need another gym. We have some ideas for the house — maybe use the property for a campus/parent center, the idea of a daycare,” Handlin noted Monday.
That’s not the only new thing for the district this summer.
Tommy Welch is transferring from Quitman to replace the former HVAC employee, who recently accepted a position at Yantis ISD. Welch is working to replace old air conditioning units at CPCISD, utilizing the $400,000 Texas Cool Schools Program grants funded through the State Energy Conservation Office.
“Assistant Superintendent Lydia Walden got the grant together. She really made this come to life, made it come together so we could get it,” Handlin noted.
Walden prepared and submitted on behalf of the district an application for the assistance last year. Unfortunately, C-P wasn’t one of the schools selected at that time to receive funding to replace air conditioners more than 10 years old. The district was contacted this year, however, by the agency. Walden made modifications to the original plan based on their recommendations and resubmitted the application. The district was then approved to receive a total of nearly $400,000 in funding to replace most of the schools’ aging air conditioning units. That means the AC in the agriculture building, more than 20 years old, will be replaced, according to Handlin.
The AC replacements will continue throughout the summer and should be complete about the time teachers begin returning to school for the 2013-2014 school year the week of Aug. 20.
New maintenance director Ken Miller is also working this summer to see that routine repairs and upgrades are made to district facilities, including stripping floors and painting.
“The new maintenance director has really jumped in with both feet,” Handlin said.
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