Building project bid accepted by Manila School Board

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Town Crier News Staff

Manila School Board members unanimously approved the low bid for the new junior high addition at the Thursday meeting. Jerry Brackett with Brackett Krennerich architects of Jonesboro presented the board with seven bids submitted for the project.

"We took bids Tuesday night," Brackett said. "Quite frankly it was a remarkable set of bids. We have 16,400 square feet at $44 and change a square foot. It has everything in it we wanted. These are all quality contractors and again we are pleased with the bids we received."

Poplin Construction Co. of Blytheville had the low bid at $1,449,500. Brackett said he questioned the proposed 420 day completion time as well as the 210 days.

"I talked to the contractor and he agreed on a 365 day contract," Brackett said.

Brackett and Manila District Superintendent Pam Castor recommended accepting the low bid.

Brackett said now that the bid has been approved, the district can proceed with the process.

Board members reviewed the financial reports. Castor explained to the board the payments to Arkansas Northeastern College for the 22 students enrolled in the training program would be reimbursed to the Manila District through state funding during the next school year.

Before going into executive session, Board President Tony Crowell read two letters of resignation, one from Sandra Strickland, elementary librarian, who plans to resign at the end of the school year, and Debi Cherry, elementary secretary, who plans to resign March 27.

Board members voted unanimously to accept the resignations.

Following the executive session, the board approved a list of certified contracts as presented by principals, and the transfer of Robin Baugher to pre-K through eighth grade assistant principal. The board then appointed the senior high boys and senior high girls head basketball coaches to oversee the elementary sports program.

In other business the board approved the 2007-08 school calendar and adopted model policies as a proposal to be sent to the District's Personnel Policy Committee for review.

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