Claire Kowalick, Wichita Falls Times Records News

Out of eight architectural companies that bid on possible bond projects and renovations for the Wichita Falls ISD, three groups were interviewed, and one company stood out above the rest.

During a special session of the board of trustees Tuesday afternoon, the board approved moving forward with BYSP Architects for designs and construction documents related to the upcoming bond projects.

After the request for proposal was published, three groups gave presentations Feb. 4, in front of a committee.

The board did not yet have a cost estimate for BYSP’s service, but they will meet again to approve the dollar figure once it is in hand, before any funds are spent.

The bond proposal could come up in the November 2020 elections.

During a presentation about long-range facilities planning, Superintendent Michael Kuhrt and the board discussed several variations of three options for elementary, middle and high schools in the district.

Kuhrt said the district is trying to see if there is a way to address the needs of the middle and elementary schools in this first bond.

Option “A” proposes adding 32 cents to the tax rate, bringing it to $1.47 to fund construction of two new high schools.

Once the old high schools are vacated, the question then is how, or if, the district can make Rider, Hirschi, Barwise and possibly Wichita Falls High School habitable for middle-school use.

Read more about the WFISD bonds at:
WFISD narrows focus for possible bond plan
WFISD two high-school options by the numbers
WFISD considers surplus for campus improvements