Nacogdoches ISD trustees unanimously approved the design and proposal of the new District Support Center on Thursday.
With the approval, NISD will take the project out to bid.
The center, formerly the Burke office, containing 25,000 square feet, is at 4632 NE Stallings Drive. The building has been vacant since March when Burke moved to a new location on University Drive.
“We’re excited about (the district support center), and it’s well within the budget that was allocated from the bond referendum,” said interim Superintendent Alton Frailey. “The designs are very good. Our needs match up mostly with how the building was laid out already.”
Plans were presented to the board during an agenda review meeting Monday. The core district departments such as curriculum, communications, business, administration, among others will be housed in their own areas of the building. Conference rooms and workrooms will be distributed in various locations.
Where the communication, administration and business wings converge will be referred to as a “spirit lobby.” Renderings of the lobby displayed a large writable board with a magnetized backing, as well as a backlit ceiling element with the Nacogdoches Dragon logo perched in the center of the ceiling.
Trustees also approved replacing the HVAC system on the Thomas J. Rusk Elementary School campus at a cost of $1.25 million for 12 units. The project will also be paid for with funds from a $77.9 million bond proposal passed by voters in 2018.
The work is slated to begin in June and should be completed by late summer, said Ralph Larue, NISD Director of Maintenance and Facility.
“The equipment vendor assures us that they can deliver the equipment the first of June. That will be critical. If they cannot fulfill that, this project can’t move forward,” Larue said.
Trustees also approved offering new courses — including an EMT basic course — for high school students.
“I was super excited to see the addition of classes,” said Pam Fitch during the agenda review meeting. “I think I was particularly excited about the new EMT basic that will be offered. What a fantastic opportunity for our CTE program.”
The EMT course is designated for high school seniors who can leave the course with an EMT basic certification, said Don Hasley, Director of Career and Technical Education.
A catalog of the new courses will be sent out online through email and a parent newsletter. An elective fair will also be available for high schoolers, Nacogdoches High School Principal Dr. Rom Crespo said during Monday’s meeting.
Board members also moved meetings for the next three months from regularly scheduled dates. Trustees will now meet Feb. 24 and 27, March 23 and 26 and April 20 and 23.