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School Board: Mountainburg renews contracts, approves bids

Mountainburg school board members approved bids and renewed contracts for services and projects during their meeting June 17.

Contracts for the 2013-14 school year were approved by council members during their regular monthly meeting last week.

Board members continued the contract with Howie Nichols as the facility planning manager, said Superintendent Dennis Copeland.

Nichols will oversee maintenance projects at the elementary, middle and high school during the next school year, and will receive $3,696 for the year, Copeland said.

Board members also retained services for physical and occupational therapy with Arkansas Pediatric Therapy Services, he said.

Service contracts were awarded to Pamela Widders and Tiffany Poor, Copeland said. Widders will provide speech language therapy services, and Poor will provide psychometry testing, he said.

Coca-Cola was awarded a five-year contract to provide beverages to the school from Aug. 1, 2013 to July 31, 2018, after placing a lower bid than Pepsi, Copeland said. Pepsi was the previous soft drink provider.

A contract for waste removal was awarded to Deffenbaugh Industries, the current provider of that service for the school, Copeland said. Deffenbaugh’s bid was $12,920 against the $16,016.04 bid of River Valley Waste Removal, he said.

Dwight Jones Agency will be the insurance provider for the district. The agency bid $12,347.32 - more than the $11,970 bid from Health Special Risk - but received the contract by locking in the price for two years, Copeland said.

Board members also agreed to go forward with a request from the city to use closed-circuit television (CCTV) to determine the schools’ hookups for sewer and water, Copeland said. Determination of hookup locations will be helpful during upcoming plumbing upgrades, he said.

Costs for the CCTV will range from $2,000 to $3,950, he said.

Also during the meeting, board members approved several new hires and resignations.

Sheila Churchill was hired as the family consumer science teacher, Rosemary Holland as the elementary ALE teacher, Kay Gilstrap as a bus driver and Kristy Watkins was reassigned to teach third grade.

Board members accepted resignations from Sarah Cater as family consumer science teacher and Sarah Higgins as middle school-high school counselor. A special meeting to hire a new counselor may be held next week, Copeland said.

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