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School board approves ESC Region 12 contract

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Trustees ok payment No. 14 to architect and builder

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KERENS–Kerens ISD trustees approved the district’s annual contract with Region 12 Education Service Center (ESC) in Waco, during the school board’s Oct. 28 monthly meeting.
ESC Region 12, which encompasses 12 Central Texas counties containing 76 school districts and 11 charter schools, is based in Waco and is one of 20 statewide ESCs affiliated with the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
The $52,248.17 Kerens ISD contract pays for staff training, financial advising and business and student-related software, among other ESC services. “It’s worth every penny for all the work they do for us,” said Kerens ISD Superintendent Martin Brumit.
The Kerens school board also approved payment No. 14 to Berry and Clay Construction Co. and Goodwin-Lasiter-Strong (GLS) architects, the firms responsible for the ongoing bond-funded building project on campus.
This payment was for $460,455.72. Brumit told trustees that all construction work since the May 2018 groundbreaking has been accounted for.
Earlier, Stephen Berry of Berry and Clay, as well as KISD Student Services Director Brad Atkeisson, gave the school board a project update. The old cafeteria has been demolished and the public entrance for the gymnasium, which formerly served as the visitor’s entrance, will soon be available.
About 80 percent of the secondary school windows have been installed, with glass doors  to be installed next week. Electricity is on at the secondary school, which will allow workers to finish out the interior in a climate-controlled environment.
Trustees also discussed casting all 254 of the district’s votes for A.L. “Buster” Atkeisson to continue serving on the Navarro Central Appraisal District (Navarro CAD) Board of Directors for 2020-21. Brumit said Atkeisson is one of two board members who is not a Corsicana resident and that Atkeisson is “a voice for all of the small schools” in Navarro County.
Also, a public hearing was held covering the district’s FIRST ratings, which stands for Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas and which covers the school’s 2018-19 fiscal year. Kerens ISD scored a 92, which is classified as “superior.”
In addition, Superintendent Brumit noted principals Greg Priddy of the Secondary School, Shana Owen of the Elementary School and Associate Principal Kristen Lynch in conjunction with National Principals Month in October.