Roby CISD considers possible bond for facility upgrades

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In a meeting that lasted nearly four hours Monday night, the Roby Board of Trustees were given an assessment of the school’s current facilities, presented with multiple plans for potential district upgrades, and informed of how a successful May bond election could fund the project with a lower tax impact than previously anticipated.

Robb Sidebottom with Gallagher Construction Services and John Blackburn with Live Oak Public Finance LLC gave a series of presentations covering an overview of the what, the why, and the how the school district can capitalize on its unique position. Blackburn spoke to the board back in late 2018 regarding wind energy, the district’s Chapter 313 agreement, and how a possible bond could affect the future.

Gallagher is a construction management firm that works exclusively with government entities for construction and upkeep of government facilities. Sidebottom said while the company works with several entities across the state, 90% of the school construction projects been in rural school districts.

Although two separate organizations, Sidebottom and Blackburn often find themselves working alongside one another when assisting school districts to find solutions to improving facilities. Haskell CISD Superintendent Bill Alcorn recommended Blackburn, as Live Oak has been working with the Haskell School District, who also has an agreement with Mesquite Star Special, LLC.

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