Piggott School Board Updated on Roof Project

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Piggott School Board met in special session on Thursday, Feb. 1, at the administration building.

During the gathering, interim superintendent Barry DeHart informed the board on updates regarding the elementary roof. He reiterated the plan containing the required specifications for bidders to follow had been approved by the state. He informed members that, after they look at bids and decide on one, the work will begin one week afterwards and should be completed in two months, weather permitting. The projected time the board will receive the bids and decide on one is the end of February, with the work beginning at the start of March.

DeHart also brought news about the safe room project at PHS. He indicated a soil check is required to insure where they are building the structure will hold up well. In order to do this, he indicated several holes will be dug about 20 feet down to determine if they will have to add dirt or if the existing dirt is sustainable. He also mentioned they should be able to tear down the current band room to make way for the safe room in April, and that the new structure would have more space for band equipment. DeHart also plans to talk to Office of Emergency Management director Allen Vaughn to determine if there are more grants they would be able to receive FEMA, with the possibility of obtaining funds to build a safe room at PES in the future.

DeHart reported the effort to replace lighting with LEDs was set to begin Monday, Feb. 5. He noted workers will be in the buildings from 3:30 p.m. to around 3 a.m. in an effort not to disturb any school activities or events.

He also nformed the board they could add-on to the area where the lights are to be changed if they chose to. He noted the board has a few weeks to decide if they want the LED lights in any other buildings.

DeHart indicated he spoke with Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller about hiring a resource officer, and did some research in the surrounding areas that have resource officers already. He indicated Corning has a resource officer for nine months, and sends the city a check to cover the officer's hours, as well as some for their retirement and insurance. The board discussed this possibility, as well as the possibility of finding the officer a vehicle that is not in use. DeHart mentioned he would have more information at the next board meeting, so the board is scheduled to revisit the matter at that time.

The board also waived the reading of the regular minutes from the previous reading, and unanimously accepted BXS Liability Insurance, which they do on an annual basis.

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