The Jasper Independent School District Board has tabled a request from a non-educational entity to use the Higher Education and Technology Center on Bulldog Avenue. The decision came during the board's regular monthly meeting on Monday evening.

The name of the entity was not listed on the agenda.

Board Member Vickie Stewart made a motion to table the issue pending further study, and it was seconded by Stephanie Martindale. The motion to table passed in a 6-0 vote with Board Member Van Cammack not in attendance.

Meanwhile, Board President Mark Durand assigned a committee of Stewart and Martindale along with Board Member Betty Powers to meet with Interim Superintendent Dr. Steve Hyden and further study the request.

In other action, the board approved the qualifications of a company known as E3 Entegral Solutions, Inc. from Lewisville as a possible contractor to carry out a plan to design and implement new air-conditioning systems and lighting at the JISD campuses with the purpose of being more energy efficient.

Director of Operations John Seybold explained that many of the existing air-conditioners are beyond 20-years-old and in need of replacement, and he noted that one of the air-conditioners at Jasper High School failed shortly after the start of school and had to be repaired.

Another part of the plan would be to replace all existing florescent lights with new LED lights.

Responding to questions from Board Member Steven Martinez about the advertising process and the decision to choose the company, Seybold said that E3 Entegral Solutions was the only company that responded to advertisements listed in both the Jasper Newsboy newspaper and on the district's website.

When put to a vote, the board approved the qualifications of E3 Entegral Solutions by a margin of 5-1, with Martinez being the lone dissenter.

According to Seybold, the company will return to the board in December with their design and a bid to do the project.

The board also heard an accountability report which said that, overall, the district is doing very well, although the Parnell and Few campuses do need some academic improvement.

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