TEXARKANA, Ark. – The Texarkana, Arkansas School District Board of Directors heard a presentation Thursday evening from Lewis Architects Engineers on roofing improvement projects at the June Little Center, the district maintenance complex and the professional building in the ‘Arkansas High School.
During the presentation, Steve Lewis said the materials and insulation for the projects would not be delivered until May or June 2022 if ordered today. Due to pricing and delivery complications, the bidding process for these materials has not yet started.
Barry Murdock, director of support services, said the district did not yet have a price estimate on what the roof renovations would cost, but he said material costs for the projects continue to rise.
The roofs are said to be in poor condition in these places.
It remains to be seen how these potential projects would be paid for. Superintendent Dr Becky said the only building that could possibly qualify for elementary and secondary school emergency relief funds would be the high school vocational / body shop building.
The Interlocal and Texas Arkansas purchasing systems were also mentioned as potential financing options.
Council was also treated to a presentation of the district ACT Aspire test results by the district program team.
Scores are a little lower than the state average in most cases, with Grades 3 and 10 being the most affected by declines from 2019 to 2021.
The main areas of growth celebrated were fourth and fifth grade reading scores in Union, sixth grade math scores and eighth grade reading scores – all increases of at least 6%.
The score drops have followed a statewide trend due to the learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but board member Glen Spears has expressed his particular displeasure with these results. “What frustrates me and disappoints me is the gap between our scores and those of the State,” said Spears. “And I don’t know what the excuse is, but it shouldn’t be there.”
Some of the grade 3 and grade 10 drops were up to 20%.
“It’s a tough place to live right now, in education,” Kesler said. “Nothing can replace face-to-face education. Students and parents have struggled, and teachers have struggled. But we have several interventionists in each school trying to help these children. I have walked through several. campus today, and you’ll see a teacher sitting down with one or two kids, helping them read. And that’s what it’s going to take, one kid at a time. “
The board ended the meeting with a budget workshop.