WFISD School Board postpones special session

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David Potter gives the School Board an update on construction of the two new high schools during a special session April 12, 2022. Potter is the contract-administration phase architect, a member of the American Institute of Architects and president of DP4 Consult, which is a consultant to Huckabee.
David Potter gives the School Board an update on construction of the two new high schools during a special session April 12, 2022. Potter is the contract-administration phase architect, a member of the American Institute of Architects and president of DP4 Consult, which is a consultant to Huckabee.

The Wichita Falls ISD School Board had been planning to meet in a special session Monday to receive updated financial information related to school construction, but the meeting has been postponed.

There was a scheduling conflict with the construction team, and that information will be added to the next meeting, which is scheduled for noon June 14, according to the district.

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Trustees requested information showing the entire financial picture for the new high schools' construction during a May 16 meeting in the Education Center at 1104 Broad.

Their request came during an approximately 30-minute discussion about restrooms at the new high schools, slated to open in 2024.

Their discussion with David Potter, the contract-administration phase architect, and Chris Fain, WFISD maintenance director, was initially focused on whether to use battery-operated or electric auto sensors for sinks, toilets and urinals in multi-user restrooms.

Talk turned to a need for updated information about school construction after trustees learned there was contingency funding to pay $175,000 more for electric auto sensors for the schools from Potter, a member of the American Institute of Architects and president of DP4 Consult, which is a consultant to Huckabee.

The School Board requested a spreadsheet showing the entire financial picture for the high schools, allowing trustees to know what has been spent and what is left as far as funding.

In a May 10 update on construction, Potter told trustees drilling was underway to install 677 piers at Legacy for upright support for the building, and 270 piers were completed at that time, according to Friday's District in Pictures.

Some members of the Wichita Falls ISD School Board and Acting Superintendent Debbie Dipprey wait for a public hearing to begin Tuesday, May 16, 2022.
Some members of the Wichita Falls ISD School Board and Acting Superintendent Debbie Dipprey wait for a public hearing to begin Tuesday, May 16, 2022.

"This is only a portion of the work that is getting done," according to this week's newsletter from the Community Relations Department.

In addition, Legacy builders are working on pier cap and grade beam excavation, according to the newsletter. They are also continuing other off-site work such as preparing storm shelter wall panels.

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