Evans renovations
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pleased parent

Texarkana, TX

#1 Aug 29, 2013
Got to tour the newly renovated Evans tonight during "Meet the Teacher" night. The place looks wonderful! Amazed that they got it done enough in time for school to start.(Yes, there is still some work to be done, but majority is done and the school is functioning.) Also heard they are under budget. Many thanks to all who voted "yes" for the school bond!
Curious

Caddo Mills, TX

#2 Aug 30, 2013
pleased parent wrote:
Got to tour the newly renovated Evans tonight during "Meet the Teacher" night. The place looks wonderful! Amazed that they got it done enough in time for school to start.(Yes, there is still some work to be done, but majority is done and the school is functioning.) Also heard they are under budget. Many thanks to all who voted "yes" for the school bond!
What did they do there? I haven't been in there in years and just wondering how it might be different.
pleased parent

Texarkana, TX

#3 Aug 30, 2013
Curious wrote:
<quoted text>What did they do there? I haven't been in there in years and just wondering how it might be different.
Oh wow - let's see...They added a brand new gym that is bigger and suitable for hosting junior high games. They added a new 4th grade wing - I think there are 8 new classrooms. In the existing part of the building, they gutted the place and rebuilt it so that the rooms are bigger and meet state standards. All new wiring and plumbing. Reconfigured the classroom layout & front office layout a little to improve efficiency and security. The old gym was converted into the new band hall and choir room. The parking lots and drop off lanes were reconfigured too. The portable buildings are gone. It's practically a brand new place for about half the cost of building a new school from scratch. They are planning an open house sometime in Sept - you should go check it out for yourself when they do!
bob

Dallas, TX

#4 Aug 30, 2013
I'm glad things are looking up at BISD, but someone PLEASE tell us how much those free standing (tied to nothing) brick columns on the south west side of Evan's added to the project's cost, and what do they have to do with education.
Bill

Boise, ID

#5 Aug 30, 2013
Come on bob you know they have to waste some of our money. Can't wait to here what they are for.
Tom

Texarkana, AR

#6 Aug 30, 2013
Thanks, Dr. Beaty, for all the changes this year, especially the teaching staff. The first thing I noticed was how well dress the new teachers were on the first day. Very impressive! Now, if he would just send a memo to some of the teachers in Finley-Oats.
pleased parent

Texarkana, TX

#7 Aug 30, 2013
bob wrote:
I'm glad things are looking up at BISD, but someone PLEASE tell us how much those free standing (tied to nothing) brick columns on the south west side of Evan's added to the project's cost, and what do they have to do with education.
Don't know how much they cost, but each one has a light on it. That would improve security anytime there is a school activity in the evening. In the winter it gets dark pretty early. It will also deter anyone up to no good at the school in the middle of the night.(Less likely to have a break-in from this side of the school.) Safety and security of people and the facilities are important to education and protecting the taxpayers' investment in this school.
Get it out there

Leonard, TX

#8 Aug 30, 2013
Under budget? Not so fast. Project was over forcing us to cut things out of project and make changes. Yes it might end up under budget including the money the board agreeded to pay over the bond price. However with out these changes it would have went over. Things like repairing north wall bricks were eliminated due to ost. Ask Kenneth Taylor or Wakefield
Texas Teach

Texarkana, TX

#9 Aug 30, 2013
Tom wrote:
Thanks, Dr. Beaty, for all the changes this year, especially the teaching staff. The first thing I noticed was how well dress the new teachers were on the first day. Very impressive! Now, if he would just send a memo to some of the teachers in Finley-Oats.
Tom, it's kinda hard to wear a skirt and heels when spend your days tying shoes, sitting on the floor working with little kids and finger paints, and stand on the playground and in the cafeteria for 30 minutes at a time. Trade places with one of them for a day and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about.
yeah

Texarkana, TX

#10 Aug 31, 2013
Get it out there wrote:
Under budget? Not so fast. Project was over forcing us to cut things out of project and make changes. Yes it might end up under budget including the money the board agreeded to pay over the bond price. However with out these changes it would have went over. Things like repairing north wall bricks were eliminated due to ost. Ask Kenneth Taylor or Wakefield
Under budget means they didn't spend all of the money. I've been told they expect to finish without spending all of the money budgeted for this. If they had to cut some stuff to do it, then I'm glad they made those tough, fiscally conservative choices to do that. If they had not, you and others would probably be on here whining about spending out of control and being over budget.
Get it out there

Leonard, TX

#11 Aug 31, 2013
I'm happy with the school just want the facts out there. Traded repair of the building for a fence. I would prefer both. If it education I'm good with it. But they are still buying furniture and waiting on all bills
yeah

Texarkana, TX

#12 Aug 31, 2013
Get it out there wrote:
I'm happy with the school just want the facts out there. Traded repair of the building for a fence. I would prefer both. If it education I'm good with it. But they are still buying furniture and waiting on all bills
Glad to hear it. And yes, they are waiting on all of the bills to come in, which is why I said they EXPECT to be under budget. I'm sure repairing that brick will be put on the very, very long maintenance list for the district. On the bright side for the maintenance staff, once Evans renovations are done, there should be lots less work at the renovated Evans as compared to the old Evans.
shadee

Boise, ID

#13 Aug 31, 2013
Quote: Tom - "....The first thing I noticed was how well dress the new teachers were on the first day. Very impressive! Now, if he would just send a memo to some of the teachers in Finley-Oats...."

Yes, Tom, that's certainly a priority in effective teaching. Maybe the board should add a budget item next year to the give teachers a clothing allowance....or maybe they should require uniforms for all teachers. If not, they should base part of teacher evaluations on their wardrobe choices (just the female teachers, not the males). And all teachers should have to weigh in each semester to make sure they are at or below the proper BMI (coaches and administrators would be excluded from that requirement, of course). Yes, many important changes need to be made in the field of education.
yeah

Texarkana, TX

#14 Aug 31, 2013
shadee wrote:
Quote: Tom - "....The first thing I noticed was how well dress the new teachers were on the first day. Very impressive! Now, if he would just send a memo to some of the teachers in Finley-Oats...."

Yes, Tom, that's certainly a priority in effective teaching. Maybe the board should add a budget item next year to the give teachers a clothing allowance....or maybe they should require uniforms for all teachers. If not, they should base part of teacher evaluations on their wardrobe choices (just the female teachers, not the males). And all teachers should have to weigh in each semester to make sure they are at or below the proper BMI (coaches and administrators would be excluded from that requirement, of course). Yes, many important changes need to be made in the field of education.
lol - love your sarcasm - well said!
Scott

United States

#15 Aug 31, 2013
Tom wrote:
Thanks, Dr. Beaty, for all the changes this year, especially the teaching staff. The first thing I noticed was how well dress the new teachers were on the first day. Very impressive! Now, if he would just send a memo to some of the teachers in Finley-Oats.
Good changes to the staff at BISD especially Evans. "Tom" is obviously a very shallow person and probably looks like crap "himself"....if not on the outside then definitely on the inside.
Scott

United States

#16 Aug 31, 2013
bob wrote:
I'm glad things are looking up at BISD, but someone PLEASE tell us how much those free standing (tied to nothing) brick columns on the south west side of Evan's added to the project's cost, and what do they have to do with education.
Heard the columns were going to eventually support a covered awning.
yeah

Texarkana, TX

#17 Aug 31, 2013
Scott wrote:
<quoted text>Heard the columns were going to eventually support a covered awning.
That would make sense - give the kids and teachers shelter on rainy days at pick up time.
Silly

Roanoke, TX

#18 Aug 31, 2013
Tom wrote:
Thanks, Dr. Beaty, for all the changes this year, especially the teaching staff. The first thing I noticed was how well dress the new teachers were on the first day. Very impressive! Now, if he would just send a memo to some of the teachers in Finley-Oats.
Teachers should wear what a nurse wears, scrubs and tennis shoes. Wearing heels and dressy clothing or those lesbian pant suits while trying to deal with children is just ridiculous.
Bill

Boise, ID

#19 Sep 1, 2013
Security lights will do that without the cost of columns.
Scott

United States

#20 Sep 1, 2013
Bill wrote:
Security lights will do that without the cost of columns.
Ummmmmm, the columns are supposed to support a covered awning as well as have the security lights on them.

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