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NISD moves to phase two, interviews principals

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Navasota ISD Board of Trustees opted for Berry and Clay to begin phase two of the $61 million bond project approved by voters in the May 2017 election.

Musick said phase two is being separated into two parts, the junior high and vocational technology building in one part and the high school roof in the second part. Construction to the vocational technology building has been approved, but the high school roof will be looked at on a future agenda.

According to Musick, construction is anticipated to begin before the end of April and continue throughout the summer and “hopefully be ready for the start of the 2019-20 school year.”

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Ronnie Gonzalez confirmed the city of Navasota has waived building permit fees, which will save the district more than $200,000 for the remaining phases of construction. Navasota ISD paid approximately $23,000 in permit fees during the construction of the Navasota Education Learning Center (NELC).

Highlights of phase two are the renovations of the vocational technology building that will offer programs for automotive, cosmetology, veterinarian programs and nursing among them. Junior high highlights include covered walking canopies between the junior high and high school, new paint, aluminum storefronts and concrete foundations, sidewalks and paving in several areas.

A few items have been temporarily removed and placed on a list of 13 items to do if money allows, including replacing the gym floor in the main gym at the junior high, adding a paint booth to the technology building and adding musical sound panels to the choir room.

New elementary principals

Interviews are ongoing to find principals to fill vacancies at John C. Webb Elementary and High Point Elementary school campuses. Musick said that Todd Nesloney, the current principal at John C. Webb Elementary, and Melissa Boenker, High Point Elementary principal, have handed in their letters of resignation. Musick said the search began with 32 applicants and the list was narrowed to 20 legitimate candidates who meet the necessary criteria. Out of the pool of candidates, 15 were called in for first round interviews. Two of those had already accepted other positions and Musick said he conducted 13 interviews Friday. The candidate list was trimmed to eight following in-person interviews and the remaining candidates will interview before two separate committees, one at High Point and the other at Webb.

Musick said if the schedule goes “as planned” candidates will be narrowed to four and undergo a second round of interviewing before the committees Thursday, April 18. Currently, the district plans to have a special meeting April 22 during which time the recommendation will be made to hire the lone two candidates.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 15.