Piggott School Board Meets
Members of the Piggott School Board met in special session Thursday afternoon, April 18. The meeting was called to open bids on the purchase of computer equipment, discuss the possible sale of the old gym and to consider re-hiring district personnel.
During the meeting board members approved the purchase of 60 IPads from Apple at a total cost of $25,947. The board also accepted the low bid for 160 Chromebook computers from CDWG at a cost of $84,135.20.
They also accepted the low bids on accessories for those computers, purchasing Otterboxes from ITSavvy for $3,142.95 and 11 carts to store the units for $8,335.25 from the Outlet Store.
Board members also voted to allow Superintendent Charlie Powell to advertise for bids in an attempt to sell the old gym on South Garfield Street. Powell indicated she would begin the bid process, with an eye toward possibly opening bids at the regular June meeting.
The facility on South Garfield was the original PHS gym, and decades ago was often referred to as the "Scurlock Gym." In years past it has served as a back-up gym, housed the athletic department's weight room and baseball locker room and served as the base for physical education classes.
In recent years a number of problems have plagued the aging structure, including roof issues and most recently termites.
Following an executive session, board members voted to re-hire licensed and classified personnel for the coming year at both campuses. They also authorized Powell to advertise for someone to fill the ISS position at Piggott Elementary School, and for a Reading Recovery teacher at PHS.