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Webster Parish School Board continues improvements

by Amber McDown

The Webster Parish School Board approved a number of proposals for making improvements to various campuses during this month’s school board meeting. 

North Webster Junior High (NWJH) in Sarepta has started the process needed to be able to sell timber that is located on their campus in order to use that money to make updates to their school. NWJH will also be getting renovations to their football stadium. The work will be completed by Thrash Construction Services. They have also been approved for a new LED sign with an Ethernet connection which will be prepared by Main Street LED Signs. The sign will be funded by the Sarepta Maintenance Fund. 

Phillips Elementary in Minden will be having all the exterior doors and hardware replaced as well as any exterior door frames that need to be replaced by A&A Building Specialties. They will also have a new security fence with a gate installed by Pepper Fence. These updates will be funded by the Minden District 6 ½ cent Maintenance Fund.

Lakeside Jr/Sr High in Sibley will be having the baseball and softball lighting replaced or repaired as needed by Stewart Electric. They will also have a synthetic turf football field installed by Precision Construction & Contracting, LLC. These will be funded by the Consolidated District 3 Maintenance Fund.

The Doyline Maintenance Fund will be used to purchase a championship banner for Doyline High from Rapid Signs.

Webster Jr. High in Minden will be having a new security camera installed in a staircase of the classroom wing. The camera was purchased from Homeland Safety Systems and paid for by the Minden District 6 ½ cent Maintenance Fund.

North Webster Lower Elementary in Shongaloo will be having a sewer line repaired at the sewer pond. The work will be performed by Fitzgerald Contractors and funded by the Shongaloo Building Fund. 

And last, but by no means least, the district will purchase E-Rate Category 2 support warranties for networking equipment already owned by the district, and they are also in the process of reviewing accounting systems with the intention of upgrading the entire system. This will be a necessary change since the current system is COBOL based, and COBOL is rapidly becoming obsolete. 

The school board will meet again March 14th at 6:00 pm at the school board office.

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