City schools accept bid on junior high kitchen

January 12, 2010 9:48:00 AM



School officials accepted a bid Monday for almost $1 million in kitchen and cafeteria renovations and site improvement at Armstrong Middle School, nearly bringing to a close the projects funded districtwide by a $26.5 million bond issue, approved by voters in 2007. 


At the meeting, the board also voted 3-2 to direct the school administration to draft a school uniform policy. The entire board was present for the meeting which was postponed from last week due to bad weather. 


The board voted unanimously to award the project to F.P. Contracting of Brandon based on their low bid of $969,500. The project will renovate and enlarge the kitchen and cafeteria at Armstrong, and will make site improvements to the school campus, including paving at the adjoining Greensboro Center. 


Pickett Wilson made the motion to accept the bid and was seconded by Keith Coble. 


The board also unanimously approved a $61,451 change order for Armstrong Middle School addition on Eddie Myles motion and Coble''s second. The change primarily involves the installation of Smartboards in classrooms. 


Project architect Shelton Jones said the only project remaining to be bid is some foundation repair at Millsaps Career and Vocational Center. Bids on several projects came in below estimates, and Jones said about $2.2 million remains of bond issue funds. 


The board approved routine financial business after a short discussion of budget issues. District Comptroller Rob Logan said budget cuts will start showing up in the spring. 


Superintendent Judy Couey said she was told by a member of the legislature that it would be prudent to plan next year''s budget to include this year''s cuts and a further 10 percent reduction. 


"I think that''s pretty reasonable to expect -- not reasonable in what we''ll receive, but reasonable to expect this," Couey said. "We will plan for 10 percent less than what we did last year with the cuts. If we get cuts of less than that, we''ll do cartwheels." 


To this Logan replied, "I''ve not been practicing cartwheels." 


The board also unanimously approved job descriptions for an athletic director, head football coach and assistant coach. In approving these, the board made the job of athletic director separate from that of head coach, positions which had been combined previously. 


The board approved the 2010-2011 calendar which has classes beginning Aug. 5 and ending May 19, 2011. Students will be out Nov. 22-26 for Thanksgiving, and the Christmas break will begin with class dismissal Dec. 17 and end as students return Jan. 4, 2011. Spring break is March 14-18, 2011. 


The board went into closed session to work on the superintendent''s annual evaluation. They will meet again Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Greensboro Center.