The Webster Parish School Board approved a number of expenditures during the August board meeting to maintain and improve campuses across Webster Parish.
The Shongaloo Building Fund will be used to purchase an ice machine for North Webster Lower Elementary from Cannon Services for $5,682.38.
The Sarepta Maintenance Fund will be used to pay $9,253.81 to Homeland Safety Systems to install electronic door locks and keypads at North Webster Junior High.
The Consolidated District 3 Maintenance Fund will be used to pay an invoice of $16,728.29 from Mechanical Concepts for replacing two air conditioner compressors and inverter boards at Central Elementary.
The Cotton Valley Maintenance Fund will be used to purchase 100 chairs and desks from Virco Inc. for North Webster Upper Elementary.
Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds, which are federal funds, will be used to make some substantial improvements to Browning Elementary. Some of the upgrades will include work on restroom facilities, exterior doors, doors into classrooms, and windows. The lowest base bid for these alterations came from Block Builders LLC for the amount of $753,000.00. Superintendent Rowland stated that, in these areas, Browning Elementary was “the school with the greatest need of upgrades.”
The District 6 ½ Cent Sales Tax Fund will be used to pay for several items at Richardson Elementary and Minden High.
Richardson will be having electronic door locks and keypads installed by Homeland Safety Systems for $6,230.21. Richardson will also be having the new science lab painted by Scotty McCoy for $575.00 (labor only), and they will be purchasing 1,600 Fuzzy Feet chair glides from Fuzzy Feet LLC for $1,550.00.
At Minden High, the fund will be used to pay an invoice from Johnson Controls for $1,674.08 for repairing a chiller unit for safety shutdown. Johnson Controls will also be paid $15,266.14 to replace both of the variable speed motor drives on the chilled water pumps.
Jett Business Systems will be paid $5,858.00 for installing electronic door locks and badgepass controllers on the newly installed inner office doors at Minden High.
And last, but by no means least, the ½ Cent Sales Tax Fund will be used to construct a new softball complex which will include a batting cage facility. The contractor for this project will be Don M. Barrons Construction, with a price totaling $3,376,500.00.
School board meetings are held monthly and are open to the public. The next regular meeting will be on September 12.