PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

October 17, 2012

NISD receives construction schedule, awards students

Josh Brown
The Port Arthur News

NEDERLAND — Trustees for the Nederland Independent School District received a tentative construction schedule for renovations after approving the sale of its two bonds Monday night.

The at-risk contractor for the $28 million project, H.B. Neild & Sons, Inc., presented the board with the timeline for the first phase of renovations, which will begin at the elementary schools. According to the schedule, construction will begin in early March.

The district-wide makeover will include new air conditioning systems, energy-efficient lighting, and impact-resistant windows.

Tom Neild, representing the construction company, reminded the board this is just a tentative schedule. He said shop drawings that outline the construction will be “very, very critical” because they could delay the entire process.

“There’s going to be a lot of work to get those drawings prepared and submitted to us,” he said.

In order to install the new air conditioning system, contractors will have to cut holes in classroom ceilings. This will be done during spring break, and the holes will be covered when students return to school.

All of the major in-class construction will take place during the summer.

Neild emphasized the need to hire subcontractors with the most amount of man-power in order to expedite the process. If construction is not finished during the summer, the district will most likely have to rent temporary buildings when school begins.

“We will talk about the different items that are on our bid list,” Neild said. “When we do enter into a contract we want to know we have the right players.”

Before the construction schedule presentation, NISD trustees recognized four students for their academic achievements.

Ariana Akbari, merit semi-finalist; Mary Beth Duplant, national Hispanic scholar; Lauren Ross, commended recognition; Daniel Blackner, commended recognition- these students all received awards and appreciation from the school board.

Business Manager Melissa Wong informed the trustees of the district’s superior rating with the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, scoring 70 out of 70 points possible.

Assistant Superintendent Stuart Kieschnick said the district had 97.58 percent average daily attendance in its first six weeks, higher than the goal of 97 percent. State funding is partly measured on ADA.

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