School board accepts timber bid withdrawal

From Staff Reports


The Webster County School Board has accepted the withdrawal of a bid on a 156-acre tract of 16th Section timber.

The board had accepted James Johnson’s bid on the tract on Sept. 9. However, he stated in a subsequent letter to the board that he would be unable to sign the bid contract because of the closing of the International Paper mill in Courtney, Ala., and the fall of pine pulpwood prices, records show.

Superintendent of Education Jack Treloar, on Oct. 7, recommended the board accept the withdrawal of Johnson’s bid and accept the next-highest bid, which was from FJH Inc., according to meeting minutes. This was contingent upon the posting of a performance bond and signing of a contract by Oct. 15.

The board also approved recommendations and requests to:

• revise the “School Admission” policy and delete the “Tuition for Out-of-District Students” policy.

• advertise another 16th Section timber sale. Bids will be opened Nov. 7.

• accept the lone bid of $2,855 from William Chris Lott on behalf of Spring Creek Hunting Club for a 16th Section hunting and fishing lease.

• accept the resignation of Charla Henley as superintendent’s secretary effective Oct. 18 and transfer Lydia McCrory from Eupora Elementary School assistant teacher to that position beginning Oct. 8.

• hire Cala Tabb as a long-term substitute teacher at EES effective Oct. 8.

• allow two out-of-state field trips for EES students: Grade 3 students to Memphis, Tenn., on Nov. 1 to tour the Memphis Zoo and Grade 5 students to Birmingham, Ala., on Nov. 22 to tour the McWane Center.

• approve the 2013-14 district test security plan.

• allow the Eupora High School FBLA to sell Country Meats as a fundraiser.

• accept various donations to the Eupora High and Jr. High softball and football teams, and cheerleaders.

• designate a bus turnaround on the property of Melissa Pittman at 4043 N. Sapa Road.

• accept the resignation of Buddy Pepper as a substitute bus driver.

• refund Johnny Daniel the $36.55 balance in his son’s lunch account at East Webster High School because he will no longer be attending school there.

East Webster Elementary School student Autumn Dean was introduced as the school board’s Student of the Month.