On Wednesday, Nov. 20 the Trinidad School District No. 1 School Board met for their regular meeting and covered several items that directly affect the future of TSD1. Among the items was the discussion of the middle school renovation project that will begin in 2020.
“The planned renovation of Trinidad Middle School began with a district-wide facilities maintenance master plan, leading to the successful Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant award,” said Superintendent Dr. Bonnie Aaron, “and is now secured with the passage of this year’s bond issue. This begins a new chapter in the history of TSD1.”
Willdan Business Development Manager Weston Gouger stated that bids will start going out soon and that they hope to see local construction companies apply, but stressed that of utmost importance was the qualifications and staff capacity of the companies to be considered to handle such a complex project.
“Right now our focus is on the task of executing this project next year,” said Gouger. “Bid packages will go out in January. All of this will be a very transparent process and any contractors that put in a bid will be evaluated to ensure they’re qualified and staffed appropriately to handle the project at hand. Our construction management team and design team are working hard to understand the wants and needs of the district and continuing to plan the execution of the project.”
“A project of this size and scope will involve a long list of subcontractors from many different trades,” said Dr. Aaron, “and we have emphasized a goal of utilizing our local subcontractors wherever possible to help implement the project throughout 2020. The City of Trinidad and its local businesses will benefit from the economic boost this project will provide in the coming years, including new employment opportunities for our workforce and added commerce to our local businesses.”
Also discussed during the board meeting was the delay of swearing in new board members due to issues at the Las Animas County Courthouse.
“Swearing in and oath of office for new board members will happen during the special session on December 2 at 6 p.m.,” said Dr. Aaron. “At this time the county clerk is undergoing an audit so that has delayed the certification of their ballots.”
With that said, Dr. Aaron and the rest of the board acknowledged the efforts of outgoing board members, presenting gifts of appreciation to Pat Sandoval, Paul Montera, and Debbie Hartman whose term is up this year.
In other business, the board unanimously voted to approve the hiring of Jeff Roybal to serve as facilities project manager for TSD1, clarifying that it should be worded in the contract that it is a permanent position.
Several resignations were also accepted. Paraprofessional for Fishers Peak Elementary Rose East and Paraprofessional for Eckhart Hugo Snyder were among those whose resignation letters were accepted. Lawrence Sandoval who served as wellness coordinator as well as the Chief Financial Officer Mitchell Nutterfield also turned in letters of resignation that were accepted.
Under new business, the board agreed to a change of December’s regular board meeting to Wednesday, Dec. 18 due to the holidays.