By Karen Daniels
Due to strategic vision planning and swift project management, Stafford MSD should have approximately $2.6 million left over from the $49.9 2011 bond election that is nearing completion. Superintendant Dr. Lance Hindt gave Stafford City Council an update at the December 4 council meeting.
The breakdown for the
bond money was as follows:
• Prop 1 – $33.65 million for 92K sq ft addition to the high school
• Prop 2 – $7.68 million for critical needs at primary, elementary, intermediate schools
• Prop 3 – $5.08 million for upgrades and security
• Prop 4 – $3.45 million for athletic improvements at secondary level
Usually Dr. Hindt concludes his bond updates with the tag line, “We are on-time, on-schedule, and on-budget,” but now he can change the last one to “under-budget.” Pictures were shown of the 12 new classrooms at the primary level, the new Margaret Havens Media Center with extended hours, flex areas at the high school that provide college-like atmospheres, and a ropes course for leadership development. Two marked improvements noted by Dr. Hindt are attendance and passing grades. When asked about the students’ attitudes toward the school’s improvements, he said, “To sum it up in one word, our kids are proud.” There are still some punch list items that need to be completed, for example, door replacements, skylights, additional lighting, bleacher repair/replacement, and the 1 to 4 Technology. Dr. Hindt told Council that the disbursement of these residual funds can be discussed at the upcoming joint budget workshop meetings beginning Thursday, January 30. Mayor Leonard Scarcella spoke of the crucial importance of early education. He would like a program for kids to begin at the ages of 2 and 3. “We need to seriously consider our children…this is something that can lead to better opportunities.” Councilman Cecil Willis stated that there are “tremendous opportunities” for facility usage to benefit kids both academically and athletically after and between traditional operating hours. Several Councilmembers gave their compliments to Dr. Hindt and his staff for the progress they’ve achieved on this project.