By CHRIS AGEE
A multidisciplinary group of volunteers recently toured all campuses included within the Mineral Wells Independent School District. The Facilities Study Committee was tasked with identifying the most pressing issues facing the district and creating a list of issues to be addressed.
Kay Brown, president of the Palo Pinto County Retired Teachers and School Employees Association, said the committee was comprised of a various community leaders.
The 28-member group was made up of a cross-section of the community, said First Financial Bank CEO and committee spokesperson Ken Williamson.
In addition to current and retired school employees, she said representatives from the various industries – including hospital, banking, legal, and insurance – were included in the project.
“We met for seven weeks,” Brown said, and “visited all the schools, including the District Service Complex, the bus barn, technology” and the city’s alternative education center.
“We first met at the high school and that was our initial tour of that campus and we went through it completely,” Williamson said; “though, with 28 people it was a little unweildy and we decided to break into two groups going forward ... to speed up the process and make it easier to go through the buildings and classrooms.”
He said the committee met with architects who provided information about the schools and their respective histories.
The committee identified four areas of concern along with recommendations, which Williamson included in a letter sent to MWISD Board President Joe Ruelas.
The first recommendation dealt with improved security, which the committee felt could benefit from across-the-board advancements.
“We wanted all the schools to have a main entry point,” Williamson said. “The architects had ideas about how that would work.”
The singular entrance would make it easier to ensure all visitors are registered and issued a badge.