Trustees for the Early Independent School District approved percentage fees for the architectural and engineering firm for two of the district’s construction projects.

In the regular session board meeting Tuesday, board members unanimously approved paying a 6 percent of the building cost of the Early Elementary School and 5 percent of the Big Room indoor athletic facility to Huckabee and Associates. The percentage paid will be actual construction costs, but the building estimates are $433,452 for the elementary school and $39,858 for the Big Room.

EISD Superintendent Brett Koch told the board in his report that construction projects are “coming along nicely.”

Students are utilizing the high school gym, though some finishing touches such as the electrical systems for the retractable bleachers and goals have not been signed off on. And, Koch said, the bleachers have not been installed, but that those would be delayed had been known all along.

Koch also reported, and the board discussed, issues with the water runoff along Sudderth and River Oaks Drive, and the plans, options and effect of building the elementary school at that site. Koch said the suggestion had been to have a retaining pool at that site, and he had said that was not an option. Huckabee is working on a plan, he said, and meetings with the City of Early and the district would probably need to happen, as well as meetings with the city’s engineers and engineers from Huckabee.

“A shovel won’t go in the ground until we have a solution,” Koch said.

In other reports, board members were told:

EISD enrollment as of Sept. 11, was 1,355. The district was given a top rating according to the Financial Integrity System of Texas, receiving a “Yes” on all 21 of the possible indicators.