Four local schools will be using money from a federal program for equipment and facility upgrades after Webster Parish School Board members gave their approval at a special meeting last week.
Board members voted to accept the lowest bid of $78,670 from David Carroll Blind and Drapery Service, Inc., for window blind replacement at J.L. Jones and E.S. Richardson elementary schools and at Minden High School.
A low bid of $45,000 from Lathan Construction, LLC for driveway improvements at Richardson Elementary also received approval from the board.
The $123,000-plus tab for the projects will be paid for using Qualified School Construction Bond money (QSCB), a funding device created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. It's more commonly known as the stimulus package.
QSCB funding allows schools and school systems to borrow money at nominal to zero percent interest for rehabilitation, repair and purchasing equipment for public schools.
The money can also be used to purchase land on which a public school will be built and for construction of new school buildings.
Under the act, $11 billion was allocated for such projects in 2009 and 2010. QSCB lenders receive tax credits in lieu of interest.
In addition to projects using the federal money, school board members approved spending $2,774 with Storer Services to replace two fan inverters on a chiller at North Webster High School. Money will come from the Springhill Maintenance Fund.
And, the board approved spending $6,313 to purchase and install a digital sign at Central Elementary School. Money for the project will come from the District #3 Consolidated Funds.
In a personnel matter, Sharon Neal was named school nurse at the central office replacing Kimberly Wilkes who transferred to Special Education nurse. The move will be effective March 10.