By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times
East Webster High students started the school year at the temporary campus in Mathiston because the new school building is not complete.
When ground was broken in Cumberland for East Webster’s new academic facility in May 2012, officials said they expected it to be completed by this August. Webster County students returned to school Wednesday.
“Weather delays and construction delays have not allowed us to move in,” Superintendent of Education Jack Treloar said July 31.
The Golden Triangle Planning and Development District, which owns the former Wood College campus, is allowing East Webster High School to continue using it. Treloar said parents were notified that EWHS students would begin the school year in Mathiston through the all-call system, which distributes a recorded message from the school to them.
East Webster High has been housed at Wood since May 2011, after a tornado destroyed the school’s Cumberland campus. Panola Construction of Batesville is the contractor for the new school buildings.
“We do not plan to move in until it is complete,” Treloar said.
Line of Credit
In related developments at the county School Board’s July 15 meeting, Treloar recommended it approve a resolution concerning a line of credit note previously approved.
The board adopted a resolution Oct. 2 for a limited tax note to establish a line of credit to cover construction costs for East Webster’s new school until the district receives reimbursement funds from FEMA, MEMA and insurance. The line of credit for a maximum of $1.775 million was established to avoid cash flow problems and be used only if necessary during construction.
The new resolution states that the district is now authorized and empowered under state code provisions to issue a note totaling $1.35 million. It adds that the district solicited proposals from various banks to buy the original note, and desires to award the sale of the note to Trustmark National Bank at a net interest rate of 3.5 percent. The board did adopt the new resolution.