Piggott School Board Approves Bids, Accepts Resignation

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Piggott School Board met Thursday evening for a special called meeting.

During the gathering, members of the board discussed two bids for cameras for all 11 buses. During the discussion it was noted these cameras have not been changed in almost 15 years, and a majority of them do not work anymore. One bid was for $17,859, while the other was $11,990. It was also noted that these bids do not include tax, which is estimated to be $1,500-$1,600. Following the discussion, Piggott Superintendent Barry DeHart recommended the bird approved the lower bid of $11,990 from Provision Video Systems. Based on the recommendation, the board unanimously approved of the lower bid.

Furthermore, members reviewed bids from Johnson Controls and Blue Sky. These bids were for cameras to be placed in the elementary school and to be situated in the cafeteria, gym, hallways, front office, where parents pick up their children, where the bus stops out front, playground and seemingly anywhere else outside of the school not mentioned. Blue Sky had the lower bid of $32,336, which included 50 motion-censored cameras. In turn, the board unanimously approved of Blue Sky's bid for the project.

In addition, the board unanimously approved a bid of $10,312.50 from CDWG for 15 computers. This money would be taken from the NSLA funds, which according to law must be used before the end of the year. In making the purchase, it was noted the computers will be interspersed where needed in the school.

After over two hours in executive session, the board reconvened and unanimously agreed to accept the resignation of Catherine Wright as food service director. They also decided to table the issue of hiring additional maintenance staff, therefore no further action was taken.

In other business, the board unanimously approved a sign which is to be put in the safe room. The sign will list each member of the school board, as well as their job at the time the sign is created. In preparation, members were asked to verify the spelling of their names are correct.

Also, the board unanimously agreed to waive the reading of minutes from the regular board meeting and approved the 2018 master plan created by Brett Kingrey. They also voted unanimously to purchase a property between two lots the school already owns on the west side of the new gym at a cost of $14,000.

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