Paving the way for new parking lot additions across the district, the Glen Rose ISD board of trustees accepted a proposal from a paving contractor Monday night in order for work to begin this summer.

With a unanimous vote the school board accepted the low bid from Carter Construction Company for parking space additions at Glen Rose Junior High, Glen Rose Elementary and the GRISD Administration Building.

Approval to proceed with the parking lot additions was given by trustees at their Feb. 25 board meeting, which gave the district a green light to advertise for competitive sealed bid proposals.

Three contractors submitted bids for the job, including Sawyers Construction, T.F. Harper and Carter Construction Co., of which the lowest proposal was awarded at a cost of $377,657.

Carter's bid came in $107,320 lower than other contractors' proposals, with Superintendent Wayne Rotan recommending the board approve the low bid containing a base proposal of $281,145, plus two alternate projects for the junior high and elementary campuses.

The total cost of the paving projects includes the base proposal ($281,145), Alternate No. 1 ($35,291), Alternate No. 3 ($23,797), architect and engineering fees ($20,413) and owner contingency fees ($17,011).

The project will add 64 additional parking spaces at the elementary campus and parking lot lighting and 48 parking spaces at the junior high campus. The district's administration building will receive an additional 35 parking spaces across from the current parking lot on Stadium Drive.

A facilities study by PBK Architects showed the need for more parking at the three locations. At the time, the district's administration asked PBK to devise a design proposal for additional parking spaces at the three sites that would maximize the use of available land.

Funding for the parking lot construction will be provided through the 2006 series bonds.

In other business, the board of trustees unanimously approved Glen Rose High School students' out-of-state travel for upcoming national competitions in Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and debate.

Several GRHS students have qualified for national competitions, including three who advanced to attend the FCCLA national conference and competition by placing first at the state competition in Galveston. Two students qualified for the National Forensic League debate competition to be held in Las Vegas.

Glen Rose ISD local board policy requires trustees to approve each student's out-of-state trip. Expenses will be paid from budgeted student travel funds set aside for competition beyond the district level.

A total of $8,658 was OK'd by trustees, including $6,283 for travel to the FCCLA conference and $2,375 for the NFL debate competition.

"This (travel) will provide students with a great opportunity to compete against other students from across the United States," Rotan says in his recommendation to the board. "These students have worked against other students the state and have worked extremely hard to earn this opportunity, and will do a great job representing Glen Rose ISD."