Schools move forward on upgrades


The Madisonville Consolidated ISD School Board on Monday approved a $17 million contract with Collier Construction for campus upgrades.

According to documents provided by Mike Collier, company president, the project includes renovations to Madisonville High School, the autotech building, junior high band hall, intermediate school and elementary school.

“We received a very favorable response from subcontractors and vendors,” Collier said in a letter to Superintendent Keith Smith. “We are prepared to enter into a guaranteed maximum price contract with the district for the base price and begin construction as soon thereafter as possible.”

Smith confirmed that the entire project should be complete by June 2018.

The board also agreed to move forward with plans for a city park behind the Marian Anderson building. The city has requested about 4.38 acres for the park, which will include athletic facilities for youth.

Mayor Bill Parten said he anticipates a “pavilion with a basketball court, soccer field and softball field.”

“We’ll probably use Texas A&M [students] to plan the total park,” he said. “We want to put in as many things as we can to enhance the area. We think it will be good for the city, the school and the community.”

Smith agreed.

“I think it’s a great step forward for our children,’ he said. “We’re in the kid business.”

In other matters, the Board:

•recognized Students of the Month Juan Jimenez Oceguera (high school), Alyssa Kangos (junior high), Samuel and Jacob Cole (intermediate) and Quin’Eysia Shaffer (elementary).

•recognized Employees of the Month Pam Ghormely and Cora Garrett from the junior high campus.

•received the monthly tax collections, accounts payable, financial reports and investment reports from Business Manager Scott Singletary.