Work delayed at Pearl River Central due to loss of application

Published 4:03 pm Friday, June 27, 2008

Some Hurricane Katrina recovery work at the Pearl River Central High School campus has been delayed because of the loss of an application by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The application’s loss also is affecting where an Allied Health course will be taught.

The school board for the Pearl River County School District learned of the problems at its meeting last night.

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The lost application was for money to be used for the renovation of the band hall, which was slated to be renovated with FEMA funds. Superintendent Dennis Penton said the application that was tuned in to the federal agency for the funds was lost. Penton said he learned the application had been lost a couple of days after the last school board meeting on Monday, June 2.

“I mean literally, physically where the claim was,” Penton said.

A new copy of the claim was sent in, which started the whole FEMA claims’ process all over again about two or three weels ago, he said.

Luckily the contractor involved is working with the school district and no penalties will be charged against the district at this time, Penton said. If the application is not lost again, then the band hall project should be in good shape. More information about the application and project will be available early next month, he said.

The band hall’s set back also has put a damper on the Allied Health class, that was set to hold instruction in the band hall. Now that the band hall project has been delayed due to the missing application, Penton said he will have to find another location for the class.

“We will adjust and overcome,” Penton said.

Blue Devils football should have a new field house early in the coming season. Heating and cooling units and electrical wiring are being installed in the building, the superintendent said. Penton expects the next phase to begin soon, where doors and wall board will be installed.

Hurricane Katrina storm damage to the McNeill campus cafeteria is waiting on a final settlement from the insurance company. The district is still in the negotiation process to secure a final settlement, Penton said.

In other business the board;

— Approved all financial matters.

— Approved all personnel matters.

— Approved all 16th section matters.

— Approved the agreement for educational staffing between Kelley Services Inc. and the Pearl River County School District for the 2008-2009 school year. The agency will provide the district with substitute teachers.

— Approved all handbooks for the 2008-2009 school year.

— Approved all student transfers.

The next meeting of the board is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 7.