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CCS sends projects out for bid

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor

The Chilton County Board of Education approved getting bids on several projects during its March 16 unanimously approved meeting.

Projects included the roof at Thorsby High School, parking lot work at the Verbena Annex and Verbena High School, classroom additions at Isabella High School and Chilton County High School, bathrooms for LeCroy Career Technical Center and another building for LCTC. Getting bids on these projects will determine estimated cost. Once the bid period is over, the BOE will review the bids and determine whether to commit to funding the project.

Getting bids for upgrades/replacement for a list of stadium seats was approved 6 to 1. Board members Chris Smith, Brad Carter, Keith Moore, Lori Patterson and Angie Sanderson as well as Vice President Jacqueline Sullivan voted in favor. Board President Pam Price voted against.

Sanderson commented that some of the seats, such as those at IHS, were in more dire need than others. Price asked if Sanderson wanted each of them to be voted on separately.

The list was voted on in one motion, not individually.

A band room for Jemison High School was left off the list of projects being considered because additional work was needed on the architectural drawings, according to Chilton county Schools Superintendent Jason Griffin.

Griffin said once the drawings are complete this project will come up for consideration to be bid out.

Chilton County Schools is set to receive $9.3 million for capital projects from the state department of education. The state department issued a bond to borrow funds to give local school systems additional funding for projects $50,000 or larger.

Maintenance Supervisor Freddy Smith is working on specifications for a plumbing bid that will be considered at a later date, Griffin said.

Also approved during the meeting was financing for purchasing buses, permission for the Relay For Life pageant to use the CCHS gym and cafeteria, 20 day suspension of a Thorsby High School bus driver and allowing Alabaster Career Center to use the CCHS parking lot during spring break for a drive-thru job fair.