Much has happened since a report was given in January. We have completed the bond sale and the proceeds are in the Lonestar Investment Pool, purchased some additional property, streets have been closed to make certain the campuses are secure, plans for the renovation of the classrooms in the high school have been submitted to TEA, survey work and soil testing has been completed, and we have hired a construction manager. It seems like not a great deal has been done, but much has to be accomplished behind the scenes before we actually move dirt. Now that we have additional land to work with for the elementary school, the architect is redesigning the building, but this redesign does not include adding square footage. In the next months citizens should see the available space at the elementary school cleared. The recently purchased home on Storey Street will be removed from the lot for use in this project. The tennis court fence has come down and the wood storage building should be moved this week and repurposed as a storage facility for the girl’s softball program. Architect, Mike Nelson will be presenting plans to the trustees in the two coming weeks. Regarding the selection of the construction manager, the ISD was fortunate to receive seven proposals from highly qualified firms. A committee reviewed the proposals for approximately four weeks, checked references then began the process of tabulating the rankings. The firm that was selected is Vanguard Contractors, LP. Vanguard’s home office is located in Temple. They have completed many projects regionally including projects for Comanche ISD, Llano ISD, Valley Mills ISD, Blanco ISD, Groesbeck ISD and many others. The firm was both competitive on their price and most importantly their quality of work and past performance. Vanguard will be involved in the design stage of the project and will be working closely with the architect. An onsite supervisor will be working with the ISD and be on site daily throughout the project. The next steps will be to approve a solid design for San Saba Elementary and for the San Saba High School Science Lab Building. The architect and construction firm will be working with trustees and staff to design buildings that are in budget and suitable for the needs of San Saba ISD.