Authorizing the superintendent to spend the funds will ensure the relocation of Tomball Star Academy and the new CTE pathways, which include cybersecurity, law enforcement and legal studies, will be completed by August, Salazar-Zamora said.
“Although this is not something we would normally do, if we want to have Star [Academy] students in place in August, and if we want to have those CTE programs, this would be the only way we’d be able to meet those timelines,” Salazar-Zamora said at the Jan. 10 meeting.
Chief Financial Officer Jim Ross said the district is drawing plans with architects and has a storage site for construction materials. He said if the district had waited for projects to be approved at board meetings, construction would not be finished by August due to supply chain issues.
“If we wait two more weeks, we lose too much time,” Ross said Jan. 10.
While the board of trustees authorized Salazar-Zamora to use the funds—which come from the 2021 bond package voters in the district approved in November—multiple trustees said they would like to see the superintendent report regularly to the board about the use of the funds.
“I want to ensure that you are bringing us along at the appropriate time, so that way we can at least come along with you so if we have an issue, we can raise it,” board Secretary John McStravick said during the workshop meeting.