By Russell Hood The Webster Progress-Times
Webster County School District board members have approved seeking bids for building a new school in Cumberland. Minutes of the board’s March 6 meeting show it approved advertising to take bids on Phase 1 construction of the new East Webster High School in Cumberland. The matter was among items approved by a 4-0 vote as a part of the consent agenda; Scott Hollenhead (District 4) was absent. Bailey Architecture Education, project architect, is running the advertisement for bids for two weeks beginning today as a legal notice in the Progress-Times. Bids will be opened at 2 p.m. May 1 and Superintendent of Education Jack Treloar said the School Board will consider them that night. Phase 1 will include rebuilding everything except the gymnasium, which Treloar said will be bid separately. The project is being funded partially or fully with Federal Emergency Management Agency funds and federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. The bid notice states the contract must be completed within 371 calendar days from the date of award. A pre-bid meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. April 17 in the boardroom. The former Wood College campus in Mathiston has been serving as the school’s temporary location after a tornado destroyed or damaged most of the buildings on the Cumberland campus last April. The original auditorium building and the office building, which were badly damaged in the tornado, have been demolished. The Cumberland campus already has four new tennis courts and a new dugout on the baseball field (see related photos in this issue’s Profile section).