School Board accepts gym bid

By Russell Hood The Webster Progress-Times

The Webster County School Board has accepted a bid for construction of a monolithic dome gymnasium at East Webster High School.

Superintendent Jack Treloar reported Dec. 4 that four bids were received at the Nov. 13 bid opening for the project, according to board minutes. The old gym at the Cumberland campus was destroyed in the tornado of April 2011.

Board members approved Treloar’s recommendation to accept the low bid of $1.88 million from Custom Construction & Design, subject to verification and validity of surety bond. The other bidders were Century Construction & Realty, McKnight Construction and Panola Construction.

Custom Construction, a general contractor based in Herriman, Utah, was one of two pre-qualified bidders listed in the “Request for Contractor Services” published in the Progress-Times.

The work, as indicated in the bid notice, will involve construction of a new masonry and concrete thinshell gymnasium that will be attached to the remainder of the new high school that is under construction. The project will be about 18,500 square feet in area with a recessed basketball court and riser seating

Leland A. Gray Architects of Salt Lake City was awarded a contract as project architect in September.

Consent Agenda These items were approved/accepted as a part of the Dec. 4 Consent Agenda: • a $3,037.50 manual check to Carlos Selvera Construction for laying block at the new EWHS fieldhouse. • the donation of four couches and two sets of tables and chairs from Woodland Furniture Co. for the softball facility at East Webster High. Also accepted was the donation of a television set from some softball team parents for the softball facility. • Gail Reed as a substitute teacher for the remainder of the school year. • a bus turnaround on the property of Melanie Warn, 2265 Hwy. 403, Mathiston. • having only one board meeting in January, which will be Jan. 15.

Other Business The school board approved for Franklin Rivers Mohr to attend school in Webster County under the provisions of the district’s tuition policy. His mother, Angela Mohr, had requested that he be allowed to attend school here because he had been released from the Houston School District.

WCCTC Director Phil Ferguson introduced Chandler Huffman as the Webster County Board of Education Student of the Month.

Representatives from the We Make It Better Foundation met with the board and made a presentation on fundraising, records show. Bishop Ronnie C. Crudup is listed as the founder/CEO and Stacia Hunter as executive director of the Jackson-based member organization, according to its website. The website states that WMIB “targets the small giver and urban resident to be actively involved in philanthropy and community activism. Our goal is to build a large fund yearly by asking and enabling our members to give or raise a thousand dollars a year for philanthropy and to reward activism.”

Nov. 13 On Nov. 13, minutes show that the board approved a recommendation from Treloar to adopt the Distributive Education Clubs of America constitution at the Career and Technology Center.

Dianne Hodges, CTC teacher and DECA sponsor, gave the board a brief overview of some of the projects DECA has been and will be involved with. Officers/members of the DECA organization were also in attendance.

Scott Hollenhead (District 4) was absent Nov. 13.