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Poplarville school board gets extra mileage out of school bonds

The school board  is getting extra mileage out of a $3 million interest-free, federally sponsored bond issue last year because bids for work came in well under projected costs for Phase One construction.

The board for the Poplarville Special Municipal Separate School District met in the Middle School library.

The bids left more than $1.4 million for more projects, and architect Vic Moreno outlined on Monday night plans for Phase Two to use the surplus bond money.

Moreno is with Bailey Architecture Education of Tupelo, which handled the Phase One project.

Phase One construction, which a school spokesperson said is being wrapped up, included:

— At the lower elementary: Heating and air-conditioning renovation, an elevator was installed, disability ramps at the main building, an outdated boiler removed, new ceiling and lights in classrooms wings, electrical upgrade, and renovation of bathrooms.

— At the Upper elementary: Bathroom renovations, electrical upgrades, fire alarm upgrade, storm drainage work and installation of a bus drop-off on the gym’s east side.

— At the Middle school: A major renovation of the gym.

— At the high school: Drainage work and electrical upgrades to the classroom.

In Phase Two, according to Moreno, the school district can:

Renovate two cafeterias, one at the Upper and one at the Lower elementary schools and installation of new equipment in the cafeterias; replace the exterior doors in both the Lower and Upper Elementary; at the Upper install new ceilings and lighting in the older rooms of the classroom wing; install ramps and more gym lighting at the middle school; and install new ceiling and lighting in the high school wing.

In another matter, the board went into an executive session with a group from the basketball booster club.

The item was listed as item three on the agenda, but was moved to the executive session because it concerned a personnel matter, said school board attorney D. Richelle Lumpkin.

The item was listed as “Basketball Boosters Request to Address the Board (Attachment 1) (Ronald Dunston).”

In other matters, the board:

— Approved to apply for Title VI rural and low income school program.

— Approved contract services.

— Approved professional development services: Orton Gillingham Institute and Institute for Education and Workforce Development.

— Approved personnel resignations and recommendations.

— Approved advertisements for hunting and fishing leases and timber sales on Sixteenth Section school lands.

—Approved the consent agenda, which included: Special services travel contracts, student releases, out-of-state travel, equipment disposal, school bus turnaround requests, claim docket, payroll, financial statement, activity fund receipts and the Oct. 11 minutes of the regular school board meeting.

— Adjourned to Dec. 13.

The open meeting lasted approximately 15 minutes.