School Board approves hunting lease bid, seeks bids for roof repairs

Published 9:48 am Friday, March 11, 2022

Picayune School District’s Board of Trustees approved a new lease for a parcel of hunting land totaling 640 acres.

Three bids were submitted for access to that hunting land, located in Hancock County.

The highest was from Bryant Cole at $17.73 per acre, totaling $11,350 per year. The current lessee, Marvin Alberado, bid $7.53 per acre, or $4,825 per year. Another bid for $10 an acre was submitted by Michael Labat Jr.

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According to state law, the current lessee has an opportunity to match the highest bid and keep the lease if they so choose. District Finance Director Lisa Persick said that Alberado declined to match the highest bid.

After the Board made a motion to accept the highest bid, Alberado asked what will happen with the lease if the highest bidder did not pay. Persick said that if the winning bidder did not pay for the lease, a new bidding process take place.

Alberado then asked how long he has to remove his personal items from the land. Persick said that such items on hunting land can include deer stands and feeders. Superintendent Dean Shaw said that the District will allow him ample time to claim his property.

The Board also approved a motion to go out for bids to replace a section of roof behind the Auditorium. Persick said the plan is to remove the flat roof that current exists, and replace it with a pitched roof.

A motion to revise the Picayune Head Start/Early Head Start ESSER budget so some of those funds can be used to convert the Head Start to all electric was also approved. It will require renovating the roof to remove all natural gas vents. After a new roof is installed, the facility’s appliances will be converted to all electric.