Minden Press-Herald

Tuesday
Sep 30th

Board OKs safety glass at Browning

The Webster Parish School Board swiftly moved through their agenda at Monday night's school board meeting.

Items passed included purchasing metal frames and safety glass to be installed in Browning Elementary classroom windows at a cost of $3,750, which will come out of Springhill Maintenance Tax funds.

"This is important because the doors are currently solid," Superintendent Steve Dozier said. "Anyone such as the principal or other supervisors can't look into classrooms without opening the door and disturbing the class."

Storer Equipment will be replacing boiler #2 control boards at North Webster Junior High School for $2,822 using Springhill Maintenance Tax.

Camus Electric's proposal to replace ballasts in the gym at Webster Junior High School was accepted and will be paid for with QSCB funds.

Board member Ronnie Broughton suggested looking into contracting with an electrician in the future.

"The way we have signed up with Storer to service our systems at various schools, we might look into that with an electrician since we don't have any certified maintenance personnel who can do this work," he said. "We might be able to get a better hourly rate, and I think it's something we should look into."

Crevonne Odom, Business and Fiance director explained that because of a death involving maintenance personnel, non-certified electricians were not to perform electrical work.

"We can't afford to hire a certified electrician," she said. "So for now, this is the best option."

Homeland Security Systems submitted a bid of $84,387 for the purchase of security cameras for Doyline High School.

Board member Penny Long suggested a substitute motion.

"I would like to postpone action for further review," she said. "This just seems like an exorbitant amount to pay and I'd like to consider getting quotes or bids."

Long said she understood this system will link with other schools in Webster Parish.

"This is something our school needs," she said. "And if it is best to go with this company because the other schools have used them, then okay. I just want to look into it."

Dozier agreed.

"Taking the time to look into this isn't a problem," he said. "And we owe it to the taxpayers to look around."

Field trips were also approved by the board and included the following:

Fifty students from J.A. Phillips Middle School to travel to Natchitoches to view Christmas lights, as part of a reward program for good behavior.

Brown Upper Elementary fifth graders will also travel to Natchitoches to broaden their knowledge of Louisiana History.

Doyline High School wrestling team will travel to tournaments in Little Rock and Henderson, Texas.

The next board meeting is set for December 10 at North Webster High School.

 

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