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Malakoff ISD approves new HS’s design development

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By Russell Slaton

MALAKOFF–Malakoff ISD school board members approved the design development for the new high school Sept. 20, which is subject to change and is part of the $72 million bond-funded project approved by district voters in May.
Dallas-based Director of Design Jeffrey Floyd of Claycomb Associates, Architects told the board that the three classroom wings can be expanded to double capacity of the high school, which is initially designed to be two-storied in portions with a red and white brick exterior, along with black and gold accents inside and out, in line with the school’s colors.
Floyd said the initial design, which he said received “a lot of input from teachers,” also includes a colonnade across St. Paul Drive to the current football and track stadium adjacent to the current high school. The facility is initially designed to hold 600 students and includes a 550-seat auditorium and 1,300-seat gymnasium.
Claycomb architect George DeJohn said there’s a two-year construction timeline, with design documents scheduled to go out in early 2022, then a couple of months more to consider bids. After that, “it’s off to the races,” DeJohn said.
The board also heard the 2020-21 Accountability Summary Report from the Texas Education Agency. Director of Curriculum Dr. Trudy Watson said categories scored by the state were limited because of COVID but that Malakoff ISD is “performing significantly above the state in nearly every area.” Watson added, “These teachers really know their standards and they pull their students up.”
The board also approved buying custom-made furniture to replace furniture damaged at the Tool Elementary School library by leaking water in February, for no more than $136,133.80. Business Manager Kim Spencer said she expects the district’s insurance company to reimburse those costs to some degree.
In other business, the board:
• Approved an easement for Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative to run power lines for Miss Fran’s Garden at Tool Elementary.
• Approved Pattillo, Brown & Hill to continue as the district’s auditors, with the 2021-22 school year audit costing $29,500.
• Approved a new legal services agreement with Walsh Gallegos, the district’s current attorneys.
• Approved nominating Larry Massingill to continue serving on the Henderson County Appraisal District’s Board of Directors.

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