School Trustees approve plan to reimburse City for some wastewater costs

By KATE LUDLOW

On Monday, the Liberty Hill ISD Board of Trustees moved one step closer to reaching an agreement with the City of Liberty Hill for sewer service to the new high school, which is currently under construction.

The Board unanimously approved a Reimbursement Agreement to help the City recoup expenses incurred for the engineering and design study.

As of press time Wednesday, the Reimbursement Agreement had not been voted on by the City Council and neither the school district nor the City would make the agreement public.

The Liberty Hill City Council was scheduled to consider the agreement at its meeting April 27, but the City’s attorney was not present for the discussion. The matter was scheduled for executive session, but in the absence of the attorney, the discussion did not occur and no action was taken.

Superintendent Dr. Rob Hart said Monday that he had been in talks with Mayor-Elect Jamie Williamson, who was sworn in during Monday’s City Council meeting, and felt, “pretty confident that they (the Council) will (approve it). It’s kind of the one that they wrote up.”

The agreement was created under the supervision of former City Manager Manuel De La Rosa, who resigned April 20, to accept the position of City Administrator in Jonestown.

The Board also voted unanimously to approve a guaranteed maximum price for the additions and renovations to Liberty Hill Junior High School (currently Liberty Hill High School). That was set at $2,688,917. There were four alternate prices for different add-ons, but the Board declined those additions. The Board tabled approval of the GMP for additions and renovations to Liberty Hill Intermediate School (currently Liberty Hill Junior High School).

Also Monday, Trustees Leslye Pogue, Alfie Perrin and David Nix took the Oath of Office. All three incumbents were re-elected May 12.

The Board voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Emily Pirtle, and to hire Shawn Joseph, Caleb Slack, Mike Miller and Sharon Wilson.

Though the public comments portion of the meeting was anticipated to be controversial, even drawing television news crews from Austin, only two citizens spoke.

Jim Dillon and Frank Haskell both commended Hart for allowing the Gideons International to distribute bibles at the Intermediate School.

In recent weeks, a parent complained about bibles being distributed on campus, which resulted in a complaint to the school district by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Evelyn Pereira was not present for the meeting Monday.