Pogue Construction will build the next two Rockwall elementary schools.

Rockwall Independent School District board members selected the construction company as construction manager at risk during Monday’s meeting. McKinney-based Pogue Construction built Rockwall-Heath High School.

Six companies responded to a request for proposals — Pogue, Hunt Construction, Hisaw and Associates, Charter Builders, Cadence McShane and Adolfson and Peterson. They were ranked on a variety of questions that dealt with prior RISD experience, general experience, the district’s needs, proposed personnel, financial strength, methodology and fee analysis.

Pogue ranked the highest, with 47 points out of a possible 57. Hunt followed closely with 46 points, followed by Charter (45), Cadence McShane (39), Adolfson and Peterson (37) and Hisaw (34).

After proposals were ranked, the tip three were interviewed. The five not chosen were offered critiques as to why they didn’t rank as highly and what they could do to improve their standings in the future.

“We took this evaluation process extremely seriously,” board President Brad Lamberth said.

SHW Group representatives presented a computer-generated video showing the exterior of the new elementary school design. Rather than the current design with wings stretching off from the center for different grades, the new design is more compact and square. A floor plan looks similar to a series of stacked boxes.

It’s a one-story building, but has dormers and high windows to help let in light. The dormers and a central corridor make the design reminiscent of Rockwall-Heath High School.

Board members also approved the purchase of a 9.78-acre tract for the site of the district’s 12th elementary school. It will be located on Fontanna Boulevard in the Fontanna Ranch development, which is on Farm-to-Market Road 549 south of Texas 276.

The purchase price is $387,000, or about $40,000 an acre.

“We have asked them, as we do every time we buy land, ‘Will you donate this?’” said Dr. Jack Rambo, executive director of facilities planning and construction. “The answer is getting clearer and clearer to us.”

Some larger subdivisions — 400 acres or more — will set aside school land, he said, but the smaller ones can’t afford to.

Although the tract is less than 10 acres, it abuts a 6-acre plot where the city of Rockwall plans to put a park, which in effect creates a 15-acre site. Playground equipment will be installed near the park. During school hours, it will be fenced off.

“It will be our property during school time. It will be their property after school hours,” Rambo said. “The fencing will be ours to put in.”

The board approved purchase of an 11.37-acre site for the 11th elementary school in September. The land is located at the corner of FM 552 and FM 1141 and sold for $284,325. The price difference between the two tracts is because the most recent purchase is in a developed area.

The board also granted a 1-year extension for Superintendent Dr. Gene Burton, who has served as superintendent for five of his 12 years with the district. His contract was due to expire June 30, 2008. It not ends June 30, 2009.

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