February 26, 2018 Board Meeting Summary

School Board Recognizes Outstanding Students & Faculty Member

The Board of Trustees opened the February 2018 meeting by recognizing several groups of students and a member of the faculty.

The Board recognized AHS student Meghana Nadella for being one of only 300 students in the nation to be named a 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search (RSTS) Scholar. RSTS is the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition, and each of the scholars will now compete for $3.1 million in awards.

The Trustees also congratulated 13 AHS students for being named to All-State musical ensembles. A total of nine students were named to the All-State Band, and four were named to the All-State Orchestra. These students, along with other All-State students throughout Texas, performed at the Texas Music Educators Association in San Antonio earlier this month.

The Board also honored the AHS student-athletes who competed in the UIL 6A Swimming & Diving State Meet. Jason Park led the way for the team with a gold medal in the 100-yard Backstroke and a silver medal in the 100-yard butterfly.

Finally, the Board recognized Curtis Middle School orchestra director Amanda Su for being named the 2017 Outstanding Young Teacher of the Year by the Texas Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. The award is only given to one teacher in Texas each year.

Board Receives Update on Demographic Studies

The School Board receives quarterly updates on demographic studies conducted by School District Strategies (SDS). The detailed report includes information about population growth in the district (the population has grown by 18,815 people, or 23%, since 2010), statistics on enrollment growth by grade level, and even DFW job growth and unemployment numbers. The study also outlines several new residential projects that are scheduled within Allen ISD’s boundaries.

Some key facts include: Allen ISD enrollment has grown to 21,274; growth has slowed in recent years, especially in the K-2 grades.  The largest grades (bubble) are grades 5-9 with approximately 1,700 per grade.  A smaller birthrate will likely yield smaller kindergarten classes in future years.

The full report is available online.

Construction Update

Daniel Pitcock, assistant superintendent for operations, provided an update to the School Board on the construction projects that are planned and underway as a result of the bond proposal that was approved by voters in 2015.

- Projects in the planning phase include the Ereckson Middle School stadium project; the "new" Dillard Center being built at the old Lowery center site; the "new" professional development center and landscape revitaization projects at Anderson, Reed, Norton and Boyd Elementary Schools.

- Projects in the approval phase include: classroom modifications for the middle school gifted services; Kerr Elementary School renovation; Allen High School Phase III, which includes the library, art classrooms, testing center and the administration area; and technology refresh projects at Boon and Norton Elementary Schools.

- Projects curently under construction include the Lowery Freshman Center, which opens in August 2018 and the STEAM Center, which will be fully operational in August 2019.

Board Approves Costs for Allen High School Phase 3 Construction

The Board of Trustees approved the total probable cost (TCP) for Allen High School’s Phase 3 Renovation and Reroofing project. The TCP is $12,296,328.99. The renovations and reroofing were a part of the 2015 bond proposal that was approved by Allen voters. The construction is being led by Cadence McShane, and is scheduled to be completed by August 1, 2018.

Board Approves Costs for Kerr Elementary Renovation

The Board of Trustees approved the total probable cost (TPC) for renovations to Kerr Elementary School. The TPC is $12,296,328.99. The renovations and reroofing were a part of the 2015 bond proposal that was approved by Allen voters. The construction will be handled by Balfour Beatty, and the renovation is scheduled to be completed by August 1, 2018.

Board Approves Costs for Tech Upgrades at Norton & Boon Elementary Schools

The Board of Trustees approved the total probable cost (TPC) for a technology refresh at Norton Elementary and Boon Elementary. The refresh will provide installation of audio/visual resources in classrooms, change out of wireless access points, drops for security cameras and more.  The TPC is listed at $3,255,889.15.

Allen ISD has established an ongoing standard lifecycle management strategy for campus technology to proactively keep campuses up to date and to avoid putting the district at operational risk by retaining older and less reliable technology.

The refresh at Boon and Norton is scheduled to be completed by August 1, 2018.

Board Approves Costs for Middle School GT Expansions

The Board of Trustees approved the total probable cost (TPC) for the construction and expansion of middle school gifted & talented programs.

The expansion will include enhanced learning through GT Humanities, which integrates content in English Language Arts and Social Studies, and the addition of a GT Science course option in Grades 7 and 8.The enhancement of GT Humanities and the addition of the GT Science course option will offer a comprehensive program for the sixth grade gifted students moving forward to middle school next year and the current seventh grade gifted students transitioning into Grade 8.

The TPC is listed at $868,356. Construction is scheduled to begin in June of 2018 and be completed by August 1, 2018. 

Board Approves Interlocal Agreement with Dallas County

The School Board approved an interlocal agreement with Dallas County that shall remain in date until it is terminated by either party. The agreement will allow the district to utilize Dallas County’s contract for automotive chemicals and products, which could include engine motor oil, lubricants, grease, anti-freeze, and other related products. There is no cost associated with entering the agreement.

Next Board Meeting 

The next regular meeting of the Allen ISD Board of Trustees will be held March 26, 2018 at 7 p.m. at Allen City Hall.