Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

May 16, 2013

JISD reimburses city for school roadwork

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — The City Council formally and unanimously accepted reimbursement Tuesday for the costs of road construction at the Jacksonville ISD's new Joe Wright Elementary roughly a year back.

JISD Superintendent Joe Wardell on Wednesday commended the city for a great construction job on the roads. He said he was glad they collaborated on the agreement that made it possible.

“They got it done,” Dr. Wardell said. “The did all the work and coordinated all the work because it is a city street. … It is very well designed and it has held up really well.”

But this isn't mad money for the city.  City Manager Mo Raissi said the roughly $100,000 paid back by JISD officials will go immediately to replenish the city fund impacted by those construction costs.

Joe Wright Elementary, 1055 N. Pineda St. was officially dedicated in February.

The roadwork, incidentally, took place last year in the weeks before the JISD fall semester started, officials said.

“We took at least a couple of weeks before school opened last year,” Raissi said. “We worked on the curb and gutter around the school and adjusted the road.”