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Board, others bid Paschall farewell

Paul Paschall, left, accepts a token of appreciation from fellow WISD board member Gail Wirtanen at Thursday’s meeting. Paschall, who has been on the board for nine years, did not seek re-election and sat for his last meeting Thursday.
Paul Paschall, left, accepts a token of appreciation from fellow WISD board member Gail Wirtanen at Thursday’s meeting. Paschall, who has been on the board for nine years, did not seek re-election and sat for his last meeting Thursday. Courtesy WISD

It’s been nine years since Paul Paschall joined the Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees.

On Thursday, however, Paschall - now serving as the board’s president - sat for his last meeting.

With his wife, children, brothers and other family and friends in the audience, Paschall remained humble and tried to minimize the spotlight on him when the meeting’s focus turned to his accomplishments over the past decade.

"Tonight isn’t about me," Paschall said. "It’s about all the people who have done what they’ve done the past nine years; what they’ve been. That’s who it’s about.

"The best part of Paul Paschall is my family. I thank them for all the love and support they’ve given me."

Also in attendance were former board members Rachel Johnson and Kip Hooks, both of whom gave remarks.

"Welcome to the ranks of the have beens," Johnson joked. "You will always be a humble man and I know you will continue to do great things."

Hooks, who himself served nine years before leaving the board in 2014, thanked Paschall for his continued friendship and for all his help when he was a co-member.

"I appreciate everything you did to help me when I was on the board," Hooks said. "We went through a lot together and I know you won’t miss this."

After a short reception was held, the board got back to business, including deciding on a delivery method for the upcoming construction projects that will be taking place since the successful passage of all three bond proposals May 9.

A short work session was held before the regular meeting where trustees learned the differences between construction manager-at-risk, construction manager-agent and design-build from Huckabee’s Tim McClure.

McClure pointed out the pros and cons of each method and ultimately, the work session ended with the board learning that the administration preferred construction manager-at-risk.

During the meeting, a couple of trustees hesitated to make a decision and wondered what method was the most cost-effective for the district. McClure once again spoke and said that there really was no way to say that one method would save more than the other, it was more a matter of how much easier the process would be.

"The market drives the percentage the contractor charges, not the method," McClure explained. "Having one person to communicate with from beginning to end [as in the construction manger-at-risk] makes it a more efficient process."

In the end, the board unanimously voted on construction manager-at-risk.

Also at the meeting, new principals were named for Weatherford High School, Hall Middle School and Curtis Elementary. The appointments were necessary after promotions within the district opened up the spots.

Kristy Dowd, previously associate principal at the Ninth Grade Center, is now principal at WHS; Jeanette McNeely, principal at Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, will take over at Hall Middle School; Lorie Bratcher, assistant principal at Curtis Elementary, now becomes its principal; and Eric Sams, assistant principal at the NGC, will take over the associate principal spot vacated by Dowd.

The City of Weatherford’s Rick Shaffer also updated the board on the Black Warrior Creek Project, which will replace the existing wastewater line at the Ninth Grade Center. Portions of the existing easements will be abandoned once the new lines are placed.

Shaffer said the bid process began May 12 and that a contract is expected to be awarded May 28. Work is expected to begin in early June and be completed by Aug. 7. If not, Shaffer said, there will be “significant penalties” to the contractor for any delays.

The approximately $1.65 million cost should be under budget, Shaffer said, and will be absorbed by the city.

Board canvasses votes

On Monday, the board met again in a special session to canvass the votes from the May 9 election and to administer the oath of office to incumbent Jeff Geyer and new board member Brian Catlin.

The board will realign at its next meeting to determine who will serve as president, vice president and secretary.

Melissa Winn, 817-594-9902

Twitter: @scoopmdw3701

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