TILDEN – The McMullen County Independent School District board gave Superintendent Dave Underwood a raise and a contract extension after evaluating his performance last week.
“He has done a very good job,” said board President Walt Franklin. “He has the best interests of the district, students, staff and community at heart.”
Underwood’s contract was extended to 2015 and he received a 4.5 percent raise to $103,900 annually.
Underwood called it a “great evaluation” and said he hopes to be at the district for a long time, something the board wants too.
“We had our previous superintendent with us for 28 years,” Franklin said. “That’s our goal with this one.”
In other action, the board moved ahead with replacing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for the elementary school.
The board bid the project last spring, but at $500,000, bids were rejected as being too costly.
Franklin said the board hopes bids are lower this time because the time pressure is somewhat less.
School cannot be in session when the work is done because all duct work and ceiling tiles are scheduled to be replaced.
Underwood said the board is hoping for bids in the $350,000 range for the project.
The system is 28 years old.
Attendance continues to rise in the district, and is now at 219. That is up from 165 in the 2010-11 school year and from 200 at the beginning of this school year.
Of the 219, 128 students are from McMullen County and the rest are from Three Rivers (30), Cotulla (28), Jourdanton (17), Pleasanton (12), and two each from George West and Freer.
The district is also moving ahead with identifying building needs. A facilities committee is being formed and the architectural firm LaMarr Womack and Associates out of Corpus Christi has been hired.
“Safety is our biggest concern,” Underwood said.
Truck traffic on State Highway 16 is prompting the district to consider some type of barrier in front of the school, as well as redoing the entrances to require visitors to be “buzzed” into the buildings after checking in at the offices.
Other needs include a maintenance facility, a new ag building and maybe a cover over the basketball courts.
Underwood said the committee would do a campus survey with the architects and then begin working on a list of priorities.