Bearcat Growth Committee: What Members Are Saying
(Fourth in a series of five topics discussed by the Bearcat Growth Committee, which held nine meetings from January to May 2019 in the bond planning process. The BGC reviewed District facilities, finances, demographics and plans for growth. The BGC is expected to complete the process of building a bond program at the August 1 BGC meeting.)
Aledo ISD’s 2019 bond planning process is different than in previous years.
The Bearcat Growth Committee (BGC) is led by co-chairs who are members of the community. Jim Scott is an Aledo ISD parent and Christi James is a resident and business owner in Aledo. Previous planning committees have been facilitated by outside consultants.
Aledo ISD also added an important position to this bond planning process. The District hired Tyler Boswell, the new Director of Construction and Facilities, in November 2018. This provides Aledo ISD with an in-house professional to oversee construction planning and to advocate for and serve the needs of the students, staff and community. In the past, Aledo ISD has relied on outside consultants to assist in this process, and has not had a construction professional on staff who has overseen construction projects.
Aledo ISD is also utilizing more comprehensive and consistent communications in messaging to the community regarding the work being done by the BGC. This includes dedicated webpages with presentations and minutes from each BGC meeting and regular updates to the AISD Board of Trustees. The District also releases regular messaging via social media regarding the BGC and meetings.
During July, the BGC held two community meetings to update stakeholders on information over the course of nine meetings held from January to May, and to gather community feedback for the BGC to consider. The BGC will hold its final planning meeting August 1 to build a bond package to be presented to the School Board.
In addition, the District is utilizing an architecture firm in the planning process to provide information and costs for the BGC. However, the architects being used by the District will not bid on any work generated by a 2019 bond program.
Aledo ISD will also engage in a competitive process to choose professional service providers for any projects in the potential bond program.
The final BGC series installment will feature Aledo ISD's financial stewardship and provide an overview of the District's management of taxpayer dollars. Click here to view the BGC website and if you have questions or comments for the committee, email them at BGC@aledoisd.org.