Class Picture Time!

CLASS PICTURES will be Monday, May 1st, for Intermediate classes and Tuesday, May 2nd, for Primary classes. An order envelope will be sent home with your child today. If you would like to order a picture of the entire class, please place $10 CASH ONLY in the envelope that was sent home and return to your student’s homeroom teacher by Friday, May 5th.  If you do not have the envelope that was sent home, just place your student’s name and their homeroom teacher’s name on an envelope and place the cash inside. Students will receive an 8 x 10 class picture and a 5 x 7 fun shot with their $10 order.  Please turn in a separate order for each child.

Lunch Charges

Beginning Monday, May 7th, no charges will be allowed in the cafeteria through the end of the school year.  We have to do this to make sure all accounts are clear of charges before the last day of the school year.  Students will need to make sure they have money in their accounts if they want to eat in the cafeteria.

Friday, April 20th, Regular School Day

Please make note that Friday, April 20th, will be a regular school day for our teachers and students. This will be the day that we count as our make-up day for the days we missed earlier in the year due to weather. Students and teachers will still have Monday, April 23rd, as a day off. We will see you back on Tuesday!

Important Notice!

STAAR testing for Intermediate students will be on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, April 10th and 11th. No visitors will be allowed in the building and no outside lunches will be accepted on either day. This means, if your child forgets his/her lunch, they will have to get a tray through the lunch line. Thank you for your understanding as we support our Intermediate students!

Special Called School Board Meeting 3-25-18

Special Called School Board Meeting 3-25-18

The Board of Trustees at White Oak ISD met at 6 pm Monday, March 26, 2018. Members in attendance to establish a quorum were David Carr, Eric Swanson, Dr. David Ummel and Colonel Randall Smith. The posted agenda for the meeting contained two action items to be considered by the members.

  • The board took action to approve the payment of $490,255.03 to the district’s Construction Manger, Jackson Construction. It is the second payment for services and work completed and in progress to date.  The motion to approve the payment was made by Eric Swanson and seconded by David Ummel. The motion was approved by a vote of four in favor, zero opposed and three members not present.
  • The board also took action to approve Jackson Construction’s presentation for the Guaranteed Maximum Price for the work to be done at the Primary/Intermediate Campus. The motion to approve the GMP of $1,694,560 (presented as option 2) was made by Colonel Randall Smith, seconded by David Ummel. The motion was approved by a vote of four in favor, zero opposed and three not present. Option two includes the completion of all roof replacement work and the installation of all new HVAC Air Handlers. The plan also calls for the use of materials to mitigate the water leaks around the windows until they can be permanently repaired in the summer of 2019.

Discussion concerning the GMP for the Primary/Intermediate included two options for the members of the board to consider. Option 1 included additional scope of work to include the removal of all the insulated siding (walls) and replacing that siding with a new metal stud wall construction including new metal paneling and windows.  The need for the replacement of the paneling was determined after the bond election had been approved.

Option 1 was not selected by the board or recommended by Superintendent Michael Gilbert due to the extra cost ($1.1 million) and lack of time to complete the work before the start of the 2018/2019 school year. Here are the talking points discussed before the vote on a GMP:

  • The inclusion of the wall and window project cannot be completed before the start of next school year. Delaying the start of school and/or trying to complete construction with students in the building is not safe.
  • Postponing the replacement of the panels and windows will allow Huckabee, Jackson and the district time to fully research the best long term solution to the water intrusion problem and will give an appropriate amount of time to complete the work without disrupting the instructional day.
  • Approval of Option 2 will not put the district in a position to go over the budget for the total project. The targeted construction budget was set at $13,167,643. This is the money to be spent directly on the projects listed on the bond proposal. With Option 2 in place, the construction budget is set at $13,862,643. That is $695,000 (11.4%) above the target budget but well within the overall budget of the project including contingency funds that are in place for the contractor and the district. This scope of work will not cause the district to use general fund balance dollars to complete the project.
  • All projects approved by the voters of White Oak ISD will be completed and will be within the scope of the $19,005,000 budget. With the approval of Option 2 at the Primary/Intermediate campus, all projects (district wide) will be complete by the end of August 2018 with the exception of the window replacement. That project will be completed in the summer of 2019 due to time constraints and additional scope that needs to be fully researched. Replacing the windows without addressing the failing panels would be extremely irresponsible and not in the best interest of the taxpayers.

I hope this information is helpful in clearing up any confusion in the community. Unfortunately, inaccurate information has been released that is at best, misleading and intentionally deceiving at worst. The district has been completely transparent in our efforts to communicate accurate information.

Any attempts to report that the board is not going to complete projects due to going over budget in another area of the bond project is false and should not be taken seriously. The Board of Trustees and I have worked for many years to build and maintain a level of public trust in our efforts to make the best decisions possible to provide a safe, relevant and challenging educational experience for all the students. It is our hope that you can see that level of commitment and support the efforts of this leadership team.