PRC Board makes next move in bond

Published 7:00 am Saturday, December 15, 2018

During Thursday’s Pearl River County School District’s Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved a motion to hire two companies and form a committee to move forward with renovations to two campuses in the District.

The Board hired Wharton Smith Inc., and Jay-Van Company, both contingent on pricing and other negotiations for work at the Elementary and North Carriere Campus respectively. Superintendent Alan Lumpkin said Warren Bowman will represent the District and work with the architect on the project to get the District the best possible pricing on the work.

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As such, pricing for both projects is still being worked out, Lumpkin said.

The projects are part of a $18.5 million bond that was voted on by residents in the Pearl River County School District in May of this year.

During that vote, 1,660 votes were cast, of which more than 62 percent voted in favor of a millage increase to pay for the bond.

Final pricing for the work discussed during Thursday’s meeting will be presented to the Board at a later date, Lumpkin said.

In other business, the Board:

— Accepted resignations from Rebecca Sheasby, Nelly Bates, Rachel Fleming, and approved the hiring of Karen Hoezel as a long term substitute, Constance Runnels as a teacher, Martha Cox as a tutor, Mary Haik as a teacher assistant, Gary Moore as a teacher assistant, Breanna Hoelzel as a teacher assistant, the transfer of Eli Kellar from teacher assistant to teacher, Carley Alexander as a teacher and Dennen Seal as an inclusion teacher.

The next meeting of the Board will be Jan. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the District office, located next to the Carriere campus on Highway 11.