Construction updates on summer projects consumed the majority of the July Midlothian ISD Board of Trustees meeting.
But first, a special guest spoke during the public comment. Ronnie Clanton thanked the board of trustees for approving the naming of the baseball field at the new Midlothian High School Athletic Complex in his honor.
“I’m very humbled. My wife and I are ecstatic about it, and in fact, she’s been more ecstatic than I have been,” Clanton expressed. “I just want to take a little bit of your time to say thank you. It is an honor. I’m not sure if I’m worthy of what you did for me, but I’ll take it.”
Joel Martin with Pogue Construction presented an update on the construction progress on the JR Irvin replacement elementary and at the Midlothian High School Athletic Complex.
At JR Irvin, the pier drilling is finished, and the construction team recently started on sanitary sewer excavation and grade beam concrete forms. The team is currently working on the rough-in of the plumbing of the kitchen, while underground electrical in progress. The kitchen-area grade beams and the area three grade beams are complete while areas two grade beams start this week and site utilities are in progress.
The field house beams, plumbing and baseball backstop wall, have been put in place at the MHS athletic complex. The piers are complete as well as grade beams at the field house with plumbing in progress.
Director of Architectural Projects Rola Fadel presented a construction update on MISD summer projects. Campus renovations at Baxter Elementary included a drywall installation, painting, placement of ceramic tile, and installation of carpet in the library and collaboration areas. Also, the CBI restroom was reworked.
“It looks like a completely different school," Fadel expressed.
At MHS, drywall was installed, a new coat of paint was added, the south-campus restrooms were reworked, classrooms were converted into collaboration spaces, countertops in hallways were introduced, and CBI restrooms were reworked.
At Walnut Grove Middle School the interior was painted and the blind installation as completed. The library pit is filled in at Frank Seale Middle School. Other elementary schools such as Longbranch, Mt. Peak, Vitovsky and LaRue Miller received fresh paint, and the marker surface installation was completed.
Underground plumbing and the foundation are complete along with the bleacher foundation, and sports lighting was installed. Masonry is ongoing at the fields at Frank Seale and Walnut Grove. The installation of synthetic turf at both locations is ongoing.
Other projects included the replacement of the roof at Longbranch, Vitovsky, and Mt. Peak. A freezer cooler at Longbranch is being replaced. A new secure vestibule entry was installed at the admin building. HVAC controls were replaced at Vitovsky. Furniture removal and installation are ongoing at various campuses.
The regular meeting adjourned at 6:08 p.m. to enter closed session. The board re-opened the regular meeting at 7:02 p.m. and adjourned at 7:02 p.m. No items were voted on after the closed session.
The next regular school board meeting will be on Aug. 20 at the L.A. Mills Administrative Complex.
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