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By Sarah Acosta
Staff Writer

The Smithville ISD board of trustees approved replacing a roof on the Old Alamo Gym and weight room during their regular meeting on Nov. 19.

“It was necessary to replace the roofs to continue to use the two buildings,” said board president Kamron Saunders. “The weight room is used every day by athletics and we decided that we would rather fix the roof on the Alamo Gym than do away with the building all together.”

The Old Alamo Gym is located next to the SISD central office building and is used for indoor recess and P.E. for the elementary students.

According to Saunders, if the Old Alamo Gym was removed, it would have to be replaced by something else and there are not sufficient funds in the budget for that.

The weight room, more commonly known as “Tiger IronWorks,” was the old band hall for many years but now serves as a gym for Tiger athletes to work out during their sport’s season.

“Both of these facilities have experienced leaks in their roofs recently,” Saunders said. “In order to maintain the structures and continue to utilize them for student activities, the roofs will have to be replaced.”

SISD superintendent Dr. Rock McNulty provided the board with bids for services and after much deliberation the board moved to award the bid for repair to Sunrise Roof and Seamless Gutter not to exceed $27,100.

Architectural shingles will replace the existing roofing on the Alamo Gym and three tab shingles will replace the roof on the weight room.

“The construction will take place over Christmas break to ensure the safety of the children,” Saunders added.

In other businesses:

• The board was presented with the Fuel Up to Play 60 Grant for Brown Primary from Dairy Max, in partnership with the National Football League, in the amount of $2,835. Candy Biehle, child nutrition director, presented the check to Brown Primary and the majority of the grant money will be used to fund a “pizza garden” on the primary campus.

• The board approved the 2012 –13 district and campus improvement plans as presented.

• During the superintendent’s report, Rock McNulty said enrollment numbers during October and November were holding steady at approximately 1,775 students.


  1. Wow, $27,000. Must be a big building.

  2. That is a massive roofing project. Its good to know you are taking care of the property for the long run. Once you neglect, it ends up costing you double each season it seems from what I have come across in the roofing industry. Post new pictures once the project is done.

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