News And People

Volume 14, Issue 6 - Friday, February 12, 2016
With early primary date, Texans to increase influence in election
March 1 election gives Texas voters unusual say in presidential race

With an earlier than usual primary date, Texans will finally have an important say in nominating presidential candidates this year after years of getting to vote only after nominees of both parties have more or less already been selected.

So often, in previous presidential elections, the races in both the Republican and Democratic parties have been decided by the time a Texas primary is held. The traditional early states of primary season have been, first, Iowa and New Hampshire and then South Carolina and Nevada. And, while the date and participants of the Super Tuesday primary have fluctuated, they have played the biggest role in deciding the presumptive nominee, typically by late February or early March. By the time Texans had an opportunity to weigh in, it was essentially very late in the process.

After the 2012 election, the Republican National Committee (RNC) performed a review of the results. Committee members decided the lengthy primary season - which stretched from early January into mid-July - hurt their candidate, Mitt Romney, because it allowed all of the various candidates to criticize each other rather than attack their opponent, the president. The RNC also wanted to move its convention from August to earlier in the summer. Its solution was a condensed time frame to hold primaries, from Feb. 1 to June 7. Steve Munisteri, former chair of the Republican Party of Texas, was instrumental in getting the Texas primary moved to Super Tuesday. Now, Texas is among the first group of states to follow the traditional four opening electoral contests.

Strategic Partnerships salutes Texas' Lone Stars
Ryan Brannan, Commissioner of Workers' Compensation, Texas Department of Insurance

Career highlights and education: I have bachelor's and master's degrees from Southern Methodist University (SMU), as well as a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. After a few years in private law practice, I wanted to change directions and enter the public service arena. For the last seven years, I've been able to wake up every morning and have a chance to make Texas a better place. It's exciting. I was fortunate to have a position that allowed me to write and advocate critical policy positions, to be published in many state periodicals and ended up in my being offered a job in the Governor's Budget, Planning and Policy Division. Those three years working in the Governor's Office, crafting legislative and regulatory policy, were very rewarding. I am personally most proud of being appointed the commissioner of Workers' Compensation by Gov. Rick Perry and being unanimously confirmed by the Texas Senate. In addition, under Gov. Greg Abbott's leadership, we have accomplished a lot in the Texas workers' compensation system. We have streamlined processes, reduced backlogs and begun moving paperless. We also have helped injured workers get better, more timely health care, created educational opportunities to help navigate the system and reduced the number of disputes, getting workers back on the job in a shorter amount of time.

What I like best about my job is: The challenge and the people. Regulating the workers' compensation system is inherently treacherous. Every stakeholder has strong opinions, and they're often at odds with each other. Bringing the valid points together from contentious factions ruffles feathers - constantly. When we get it right and can move the ball toward a better regulatory climate, then those challenges become very rewarding. What makes it possible is the people at the agency. Day in and day out, our team is constantly working to make the system better. We can keep an eye on the developing trends and determine where attention should be focused. These are jobs that could not be done without the devotion of every person at the division. I would put these 600+ employees up against anyone else in the state.

The best advice I've received for my current job is: I had several people describe the same thing to me in different ways: This job is a balancing act. The best way I heard it described was: "Comp is like a chess board balancing on a needle. If you decide to move one piece, you need to balance the whole board or it won't work." I like that analogy, because it forces you to remember to think several moves ahead and consider the consequences on the whole system when making a decision.

Advice you would give a new hire in your office: We are all on a team, and the goal is to make the Texas workers' compensation system the best it can be. If we remember what we're striving for, it helps us move in the same direction. I also consistently remind folks to seek advice from all over the agency. We have such a vast and wide-ranging knowledge base here that it really helps to see problems from all angles before we try to tackle them.

If I ever decided to leave work early, I could probably be found: Well, right now we have a 22-month old and a 1-month old at home. So, if I'm not at the office, I'm at the house trying to lend a hand. I usually end up having to prepare for the next day after everyone is asleep. Maybe several years down the road I could say something like golf or fishing, but it will be a while.

People would be surprised to know that I: I played lacrosse at SMU, I love Impressionist art and I collect vinyl. All those things seem to surprise people. I was also on nationally ranked debate and mock trial teams, and I enjoy traveling.

One thing I wish more people knew about my agency: Texas has one of the best workers' compensation systems in the country. We have some of the best outcomes, both for employers and for injured workers.

Houston mayor to reopen bidding for airport terminal contracts
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (pictured) recently said he plans to start again the bidding process for an estimated $70 million in contracts from the expansion of a terminal at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The total costs of the project will amount to $1.5 billion.

The action followed the refusal of the city's former controller to certify five contracts recommended by staff. The controller pointed to possible violations of rules governing city procurement and other concerns after examining the bidding process. He investigated the process used to select the winning bidders and evaluated the scores given each bid and which airport employees evaluated the bids. The new controller, Chris Brown, also cited concerns about the procurement process.

Current plans call for combining Terminal C North with Terminal D, as well as expanding the customs area and adding another parking garage.
UT System to spend $11 million on new telemedicine initiative
Regents for The University of Texas System met this week in Galveston and approved funding for a $10.8 million initiative meant to establish a statewide telemedicine network. One of the ideas behind telemedicine is to enable rural patients to receive care from specialists they would traditionally be unable to see because they are based at hospitals that often are several hours away by car.

The initiative is among Chancellor Bill McRaven's "Quantum Leaps," which are proposals designed to drive the future of the UT System. The regents approved pulling $10.8 million from the Available University Fund to pay for infrastructure relating to the creation of the UT System Virtual Health Network (VHN). The funding will be spread out over four years to support the network.

The VHN would begin as a program taking advantage of the UT System's six health institutions and eventually add the two medical schools being built in Austin and Edinburg. The health campuses within the Texas A&M University System, the Texas Tech University System and the University of North Texas System also will be able to participate, according to the presentation system staff provided to the regents.

UT System medical professionals have been providing telemedicine for more than 20 years, according to the staff members. The UT Medical Branch in Galveston has averaged almost 100,000 physician-to-patient telemedicine visits annually.

El Paso officials studying return of trolley service to Juarez
El Paso City Council members recently authorized the city manager to look into the possibility of extending trolley service to Juarez, Mexico. The city eliminated streetcar service in 1974 but is bringing it back in the near future.

City Manager Tommy Gonzalez plans to contact appropriate agencies to begin talks for the next design phase of the new downtown trolley service. Officials are using grants from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for a $97 million project to return streetcar service to the downtown area. Construction began in January on a 4.8-mile route, and six of the city's vintage streetcars are being restored to return to duty when the track is completed in mid-2018.

Council members, however, have approved no funding for extending the trolley service. While one council member said the city should focus on improving other city services, another argued that mayors in both cities want to work together to promote the region and that regular service between the two cities might aid in that.
February sales tax allocations down slightly; comptroller's office distributes $867 million
The Office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has announced that it will distribute to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts a total of $867.1 million, which represents the state's local sales tax allocations for February. The amount is a decrease of 0.7 percent compared to the same month of the year prior.

The figures reflect the sustained drop in oil prices, said Comptroller Glenn Hegar, who indicated that other areas of the Texas economy remain stable. "Energy-centric cities such as Odessa, Midland, Corpus Christi and Houston continued to see decreases in sales tax allocation," Hegar said. "Other areas of the state helped to somewhat offset those losses, as cities such as San Antonio, Austin, Fort Worth and Dallas saw moderate increases in allocations."

Texas cities will receive $569 million, down 0.1 percent from February 2015. The state's transit systems will receive the next highest amount, $195.5 million, which is a 0.6 percent decrease from last February. Special purpose taxing districts will receive $51.7 million and Texas counties $51 million. Those figures represent 0.7 percent and 6.6 percent decreases, respectively, from February last year. View the amounts allocated by city and by county.
Austin mobility panel finds need for $4.5 billion in road projects
The Austin Mobility Committee recently began reviewing $4.5 billion in transportation projects in an effort to prioritize projects for a possible November bond election.

A district engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Austin Assistant City Manager Robert Goode (pictured) outlined projects involving streets, freeways, sidewalks and bicycle infrastructure along 65 miles of Interstate 35 that are ready to begin. Only $300 million of these transportation projects, however, have secured funding so far.

Goode said the city has identified an estimated $4.5 billion in needed transportation projects over the next 30 years, including about $2 billion alone in upgrades to I-35. He also outlined $1.3 billion in improvements for hike and bike trails, street maintenance and traffic management projects that are considered critical.

Pflugerville conducting public survey on proposed transit plan
Pflugerville city officials recently began conducting a survey to gain public feedback regarding the expansion of commuter and transit system services to the city. City officials are working on the survey with regional transit provider Capital Metro and a consultant under an agreement reached in October 2015.

City officials opted out of transit service from Capital Metro about 15 years ago, but the transit authority's board approved a service expansion in 2014 to allow the agency to partner with other cities in the Austin area. The study is part of an effort to improve transportation within and between central and north Austin. The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), the Lone Star Rail District, as well as the cities of Round Rock, Georgetown and Hutto are working together on this and other transit studies.

Once the survey is complete, the goal is to draft a transit plan and present that plan for public input. Transit services already in service such as Drive a Senior and Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS) also are working with the study, which should be completed in May.
Plano trustees schedule $481 million school bond election
Trustees for Plano Independent School District recently scheduled a $418 million bond election to be held May 7.

If voters approve the bonds, trustees plan to spend more than $100 million on renovations to three high schools, two middle schools and six elementary schools. One of the largest items in the proposition is a proposed $94 million performing arts and multipurpose facility. Trustees also plan to use bond funds to upgrade technology, improve safety and security and buy buses.
Union Pacific withdraws from plan for passenger railroad
Union Pacific officials recently ended an agreement with the Lone Star Rail District to study the possibility of operating passenger trains on a freight line paralleling Interstate 35 between Georgetown and San Antonio.

The proposal from the rail district did not fully answer concerns on how passenger service would affect freight operations, according to a spokesman for Union Pacific. Lone Star Rail District officials are studying routes for an alternate freight line east of I-35, but Union Pacific officials do not believe building a new freight line would solve the problem, because freight trains still would need to share the passenger tracks along I-35 to serve existing customers along that route, the spokesman said.

The decision by Union Pacific to end the agreement could be a setback to the plan to use a public-private partnership to establish the passenger rail service. The rail district does not yet have the estimated $2.4 billion in funding it would cost to build a rail line and relocate the Union Pacific route.
Tyler to seek bids to perform $3M in pavement, water projects
Tyler City Council members recently agreed to seek bids for a $3 million project to upgrade pavement on asphalt streets as part of its Asphalt Enhancement Program, which is funded with a half-cent sales tax.

The city now has amended the program to add water utilities upgrades along the same roads, to be done as part of the same project, said Greg Morgan, the director of water utilities.

The bid combined both projects into one as a pilot to learn if that is a more viable plan than bidding separate projects in which the infrastructure improvements are made after the roadwork already is completed, as has been done in the past. The water utilities department plans to perform 61 repairs on sewer lines and replace 2,300 feet of water pipeline. Contractors must submit bids for the entire street upgrade project but may hire a subcontractor for the work on water utilities.
Georgetown nabs $8.3 million to upgrade Georgetown airport
The Texas Department of Transportation recently awarded an $8.3 million grant to pay for improvements to the Georgetown Municipal Airport, which has been designated officially as a reliever airport for the overcrowded Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Georgetown city officials also agreed to match 10 percent of the grant funds for the project, which includes building a new taxiway and paving current taxiways, installing lights on the sides of the taxiways and removing 25-year-old fuel tanks, according to Russ Volk, the airport manager.

Midland sets aside $420,000 for design services for aquatic center
Midland City Council members recently allotted $420,000 to pay for design services for the renovation of the Washington Aquatic Center. The architecture firm selected will develop the plans and specifications as well as provide cost estimates and construction oversight for the project, which is expected to cost about $4 million.

The schematic designs should be ready in April and construction documents prepared by July. The goal is to award a construction contract in September, city officials said. Current plans for the aquatic center include new or renovated pools, water slides, aquatic play features, shade structures, lighting and a concrete pool deck.
Cleburne ISD group proposes $130 million bond election in May
A panel for Cleburne Independent School District recently recommended asking voters to approve $130 million in bonds.

The majority of the funding would be used for a new $83.9 million high school and to renovate the existing high school, transforming it into a career and technology school at a cost of about $38.3 million. The new career center would provide space for band and fine arts, science and technology studies and culinary arts.

The recommendation also included purchases of new audio-visual instructional technology for all classrooms in the district and the provision of mobile devices for high school and middle school students. Trustees are expected to vote on the recommendation at their meeting next week.

Sealy facilities panel urges new schools, repairs to facilities
Members of a facilities committee for Sealy Independent School District recently recommended the district build a new elementary school and renovate an elementary and intermediate school. Committee members identified $43 million in facility needs in their research.

Appointed by trustees, committee members organized projects into three categories, with the first priority being the new elementary school serving pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and improving drainage at the junior high school. Improving parking and restroom access to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act at all campuses also is included among the top priorities.

Projects rated as having a lower priority include repairing the roof and renovating the heating and air conditioning system at Selman Elementary School. Board members took no action on the recommendation.
Capital Metro transit study seeking community feedback
The Austin region's transit authority, Capital Metro, is soliciting public feedback on its year-long transit study, Connections 2025. The review will result in the development of short- (1-5 years), mid- (5-10 years) and long- (10+ years) range recommendations for how the region's system of public transportation should evolve.

The current phase of the study is a review of the transit agency's current operations, regional demographics, land use and travel patterns. Cap Metro will host open houses throughout the Austin region next week, Feb. 16-20. As well, residents can submit feedback through an online survey as a part of the Connections 2025 study.
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UT-Austin to expand biological field station in Bastrop County
University of Texas officials recently agreed to buy 365 acres of undeveloped land near Bastrop to expand the Stengl Lost Pines Biological Station, which consists of 208 acres the university uses for long-term studies of plants, animals and their ecosystem.

The fact that the undeveloped land survived recent wildfires that destroyed so many surrounding areas makes this new property even more valuable for research, said Lawrence Gilbert (pictured), a professor of integrative biology. Having access to secure places to study is critical, he added. Gilbert described the land as a relic patch of East Texas and Southeastern pine forest with orchids, flying squirrels and other interesting species.

Lorraine "Casey" Stengl, a retired physician, donated the land to the university in 1991 to use as a field station to perform research on plants, animals and the natural environment.
Hidalgo ISD gets $1.5 million loan for energy-efficiency project
The Texas comptroller's office has awarded a $1.5 million loan to the Hidalgo Independent School District for upgrades to aging campuses with energy-efficient building equipment. The loan will be provided through the State Energy Conservation Office's (SECO) LoanSTAR program (Saving Taxes and Resources).

The funding will help pay for the retrofitting of seven schools with energy-efficient lighting, programmable thermostats and new air conditioning units.
"I applaud Hidalgo ISD for tapping into a program that has saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars while improving energy efficiency all over our great state," Comptroller Glenn Hegar said.

District officials said they expect the improvements to save the district about $150,000 per year, allowing Hidalgo ISD to pay off the $1.5 million loan in about 10 years. The school district serves about 3,400 students.

Calendar of Events

March P3 Conference will bring together public, private sectors
March 7-9, 2016
The annual Public-Private Conference and Expo, one of the largest gatherings of development professionals in the country, will be held March 7-9 at the Sheraton Hotel in Dallas. The annual event attracts more than 1,000 development professionals and government leaders for an educational conference to discuss public-private partnerships (P3s). The three-day conference will feature discussions on the state of the P3 industry in the United States and will highlight the various types of P3s under way. Speakers will discuss the many elements of P3 structures currently in use and how to evaluate their merits and risks. More than 125 leading public agency officials and industry practitioners will share their firsthand experiences and observations regarding P3 projects throughout the country. Billed as one of the premier conferences for collaboration between public officials and private industry that are considering, developing and operating P3s, the conference will emphasize both the challenges and advantages of the P3 concept. More information is available here.

LBJ School offers Construction Purchasing Certificate Program
March 7, 2016
Buyers, contract administrators and project managers interested in earning a construction purchasing certificate can do so through The University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs. The program aids in understanding and using new terms, remaining compliant with unfamiliar laws, developing control plans and schedules and staying on budget. The LBJ School's Construction Purchasing Certificate Program consists of four core courses and one elective to be completed over a period of two years. The goal of this certificate program is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to ensure that their organization's construction projects are well managed and secure the intended results and value. The courses are complementary in nature, and each course repeats annually. The next available course is Project and Construction Management and will be held March 7-8, 2016. Registration is open.


Texas ports launching major improvement projects 

By Mary Scott Nabers, CEO of Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

The state of Texas has financed a little more than $300 million in port improvements since 2010. That's not much when compared to the $46 billion that port officials from both the public and private sectors nationwide say is needed because of the Panama Canal expansion. That jaw-dropping total may even increase because port officials throughout the country are still inventorying multi-million-dollar project needs that will be required.

The Texas Senate is about to get involved. Noting that several Texas ports are among the busiest and most productive in the United States for import and export, and recognizing the significant economic impact ports have on the state's economy, Texas' lieutenant governor appointed seven members of the Senate to a newly created committee that will focus specifically on Texas ports.

The new Senate select committee will study the economic benefits the canal expansion will have on the state's ports and make recommendations. Members all represent an area of Texas where a port or an industrial airport designed for cargo is located.

At least 20 percent of the nation's port tonnage travels through Texas ports. That is significant and port officials have been on alert and making plans for more than a year. Texas ports generate approximately $5 billion in local and state tax revenue and more than $9 billion in federal import tax revenue each year. And nearly 1.4 million jobs are generated by port activity. The jobs alone represent $828 billion in personal income.




McAllen ISD selects Gonzalez as interim superintendent
McAllen Independent School District trustees recently selected Jose Gonzalez (pictured) as the interim superintendent.

Gonzalez replaces Superintendent James Ponce, whose resignation is effective Feb. 12. In his 18 years with the McAllen school district, Gonzalez has served as a teacher, principal and associate superintendent. While he is certified as a superintendent, Gonzalez said he has no plans to seek the permanent position.

Trustees have agreed to advertise for a search firm to help find a new superintendent.

Taylor City Council to raise utility fees to pay for street repairs
The Taylor City Council recently adopted an ordinance to raise monthly fees on both residential and commercial utility bills to pay for repairs to its 105 miles of city streets.

The new fees are expected to raise almost $1 million a year, which will go first toward upgrades for the 60 miles of streets rated as being in poor condition. Further revenue then will be divided between repairs of other poorly rated streets and maintenance on all streets, city officials said.


Willow Park voters to decide on $6.7 million bond proposal in May
Willow Park voters will decide in May whether to approve $6.7 million in bond projects following a decision by city council members to schedule an election.

The ballot will contain two propositions. The first is a $4.5 million proposal to build a new public safety facility or upgrade the existing building, and the second is a $2.2 million proposal to repair roads.

The existing public safety building, in service since 1971, is overcrowded and has mold contamination due to flooding in May, city officials said.

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD considering bond vote later this year
A Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District committee recently began studying the possibility of scheduling a bond election later this year.

Committee members are studying whether to build a new elementary school to replace a 50-year-old building with foundation issues and updating other schools that are 40 years old, Superintendent Robin Ryan (pictured) said.

Denton considering new library branch in southwestern area
Terri Gibbs, the director of libraries for Denton, recently reported to city council that library staff members are working on a plan to add another branch library in the southwestern area of the city.

City officials have dedicated land on Vintage Boulevard but have not yet adopted a schedule for building the new branch library. The southwestern area of the city is underserved in terms of library resources and will become more so after major subdivisions in the area are completed, Gibbs (pictured) said.

Eldridge tapped as Saint Jo ISD superintendent
Curtis Eldridge recently won selection as the lone finalist for superintendent at Saint Jo Independent School District. Currently the superintendent at Montague ISD, Eldridge will replace Larry Smith, who is retiring.

Eldridge earned his certification as a superintendent in 2006.

Magallan to serve as superintendent for Terrell County ISD
Amanda Magallan recently won selection as superintendent for Terrell County ISD.

Currently a principal at an elementary school in Midland, Magallan (pictured) will begin her new duties at the Terrell County district this summer. She has worked for the Midland district for 18 years.

Magallan has a degree from San Angelo State University.

Kelley replaces Owen as superintendent of River Road school district
Richard Kelley recently won selection as the lone finalist for superintendent by trustees of River Road Independent School District.

Now serving as an elementary school principal in the district, Kelley (pictured) has been in public education since 1990.

When he begins his new duties at the River Road school district, Kelley will replace former Superintendent Randy Owen, who retired in December 2015.
KONY

Allan Weegar to retire as city manager in Hurst
City Manager Allan Weegar (pictured) of Hurst recently told city officials he is retiring in July.

Prior to joining the city in 1981 as an assistant to the city manager, Weegar was a probation officer in Tarrant County. After serving as assistant city manager, he became city manager in 1997. Weegar has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Texas Christian University.

The mayor said city officials plan to select a new city manager without hiring a search firm.
KRONOS

North Lamar ISD panel urges $56M bond vote
A facilities committee for the North Lamar Independent School District recently urged board members to schedule a $56 million bond election in May.

Committee members recommended building a new elementary school and intermediate school to replace two existing schools. If voters approve the bond package, the district, which is located in Paris, also would renovate five other campuses.

McKinney seeking public comment on search for next city manager
McKinney city officials recently scheduled a public meeting for Feb. 15 that will allow residents to offer input on qualities they'd like to see considered in the search for a new city manager.
 

Representatives from a firm hired to help in the search also will attend to explain the national search process and the city's timeline, officials said.

The new city manager will replace Interim City Manager Tom Muehlenbeck, who has served in that post since May 2014.

Kaufman may have first bond election since 1966
Kaufman City Council members recently began discussing whether to ask voters to approve $13 million in bonds in November. If approved, the funding would be used to upgrade infrastructure and municipal buildings.

Voters in Kaufman last voted in a bond election in 1966.

Bowie studying feasibility of new city hall
Bowie city officials recently began studying the feasibility of building a new city hall to replace the existing facility, which has been in use since the 1980s.

The current city hall is overcrowded, and City Manager Ricky Tow (pictured) said that evidence from the police department and city files need a more secure facility.

Tow said he expects to complete a cost study of building a new city hall within a few months and report those results to council members.
McKinstry

Lubbock allots $2.5M to repair asphalt streets
Lubbock city officials recently designated asphalt streets most in need of patching and allotted $2.5 million to repair those streets. Concrete streets will be addressed in a separate project, said Mike Gilliland, public works superintendent for the city.

Council members plan to select a winning bid for the project March 24. The street repair project must be completed within 200 days of finalization of the contract, Gilliland said.

Teague names Jones as director of public works
Teague City Council members recently selected Jerry Jones as the new director of public works.

Jones replaces Gus Ramirez, the previous public works director who retired in January after 14 years with the city.

Abilene ISD approves $1.8 million to upgrade technology
Abilene Independent School District trustees recently approved $1.8 million to buy new computer networking equipment and upgrade technology infrastructure at 25 campuses.

District officials plan to use funds remaining from an $87.7 million bond election to provide the matching funds required by the E-Rate program of the Federal Communications Commission, Superintendent David Young said.

Montgomery County places Hess in charge of emergency management
Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal has appointed Darren Hess (pictured) the county's new deputy emergency management coordinator.

Hess is currently assistant fire marshal with Montgomery County and next week will take over from Nicky Kelly, who retired in January. He has been with the fire marshal's office for 19 years.

Previously, Hess was a fire fighter paramedic with Huntsville and Walker County and served as a correctional officer. He attended the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice in Houston and studied criminal justice at Sam Houston State University.

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Greenville hires engineer to design new fire station
The Greenville City Council recently agreed to hire an engineer to develop a design for a new fire station to replace the existing Fire Station No. 1, a 60-year-old structure.

Current plans call for the new fire station to have two or three bays, an administrative area, a day room, a kitchen and a television room.

Pearland ISD names steering committee for possible bond vote
Pearland Independent School District trustees recently appointed a five-member steering committee to work with a bond consultant. The steering committee will help a separate facilities planning committee prioritize projects for a possible bond election in November.

The committee, which includes the board president and Superintendent John Kelly, plans to meet soon with the facilities planning committee members to identify projects that could be included in a bond proposal and meet again in March to discuss the cost and scheduling of projects.
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