Manila School Board hears construction presentations

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Manila school board members heard four construction manager/contractor presentations, renewed principal contracts, adopted a revised 2008-09 calendar, and approved student transfers at the regular February school board meeting Thursday evening.

Four construction manager/contractors addressed the Manila School Board members at the February meeting. Pictured are Rick Terry, vice president, and Doug Henson, senior vice president, with Baldwin & Shell. Other companies included Tate, Ramsons, and Nabholz. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Jerry Brackett with Brackett Krennerich Architects introduced representatives of the four construction companies.

"They have an idea of the project and have visited the sight," Brackett said.

Manila District has plans to construct a new K-4 building and is considering using a construction/manager for the project.

Representatives from construction companies included Baldwin & Shell, General Contractors Construction Managers; Ramson Construction, Inc.; Tate General Contractors; and Nabholtz, Inc.

Each gave a brief history of their companies, review of similar projects they had constructed, offered letters of recommendations, and opened the floor for questions.

Among the topics school board members discussed were safety, scheduling, construction meetings, sight managers, subcontracting, cost, close out process, warranties, and quality.

Board members made no decisions at the meeting. They wanted time to review all of the information.

School Board Superintendent Pam Castor said a meeting will be called before the next regular meeting to make a decision on a company and to discuss the demolition of the present buildings.

Plans are to take bids on the demolition and take the buildings down to the concrete slab.

The board voted unanimously to approve the student transfer of Jonathan Jones from Buffalo Island Central to Manila.

The Board approved the calendar revision to make up the six days lost due to the January ice storm. One day was made up on Feb. 16, President's Day. Other make-up days will be March 20 (professional development day); April 10 (Good Friday); Thursday, March 28 -- Saturday, May 30. The regularly scheduled last day was May 27. Teachers will attend one additional day for professional development. Spring break will be March 23-27 as scheduled unless additional days are missed.

The board went into executive session to discuss principal contract renewals. Following the closed session, board members voted unanimously to renew principal contracts for Pam Chipman, high school; Diane Wagner, middle school; Diane Baugher, elementary; Robin Baugher, assistant principal; and Connie Adams, director of curriculum/programs.

In administrative reports, Superintendent Castor reported she had applied to FEMA and filed insurance claims on the damage and cost of clean-up following the ice storm in January.

Castor gave a personal thank you to people who helped clean-up including Tony and Bill Crowell, Mr. Puckett, the Manila Fire Department, the City of Manila, the Red Cross, First Baptist Pastor Farrel Duffel and Jared Russell, staff members Kent Moore and others in the community who helped.

A thank you note was read from Robin Baugher.

School Board President Johnny McCain announced the elementary basketball tournament is underway.

"We are having several fundraisers during the tournament for Julie McDole Tarver and Tonya Thomas," McCain said.

Castor said the district recently completed a workforce review.

"We haven't received it in writing, but word is it all went well," Castor said.

Board member Tracey Reinhart offered his appreciation and thanks to Mrs. Castor for all of the work she did getting the school ready to reopen after the ice storm.

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