BOE moving forward with building plan
by David Atchison
Feb 19, 2014 | 1316 views |  0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
PELL CITY – The Board of Education is moving forward with the renovations of the new central office building, approving a contract with an architectural firm, along with renovation plans, at Tuesday night’s board meeting.

The Board approved to hire McKee and Associates of Montgomery to draw the architectural design of the new central office and to oversee the renovation of the facility, the former St. Clair County Department of Human Resource building on Bunt Drive, off Dr. John Haynes Drive.

Gary Mozingo, the facilities supervisor for the school system, said McKee and Associates fees are based on the project cost, or 7.5 percent of the $250,000 estimate to complete the renovation.

The Board also approved the certificate of compliance, which Mozingo said will be forwarded along with architectural drawings to the state building commission for final approval of the renovation project.

Mozingo said the state building commission must approve the plans before the renovation of the section that was damaged by fire in 2009 begins.

“That is going to be our new training area,” Mozingo said.

He said renovation work should start within two months.

“Everything else is cosmetics,” Mozingo said.

He said the renovation work of the damaged area of the building must first be approved by the state building commission because work on the structure is being completed, along with electrical and heating and air work.

Mozingo said workers have already painted about one-third of the inside walls of the building.

“We have cleaned up all the smoke damage,” he said.

Mozingo said workers have pressure washed the sidewalks and outside walls of the building and trimmed the bushes around the building.

He said work could be finished and the school board could move into the 13,000 square feet building sometime in June or July.

Last year the Board purchased the building, which is adjacent to and south of Interstate 20, from the St. Clair County Commission for $125,000.

The facility sits on two acres and has a large parking lot that surrounds the building.

The former DHR building has remained vacant since 2009, after an arsonist set fire to one wing of the facility.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Board recognized Duran South seventh-grader Jada Cook, who placed third in the VFW Patriotism Essay Contest. The student received a certificate and a $25 check.

The Board also congratulated Tony Morris and the Transportation Department for earning a Certificate of Achievement for 2013. Certificates are awarded annually by the Alabama State Department of Education to systems with exemplary school bus inspections.

The Board also recognized Pell City High School wrestlers Nathan Pender, Robert Lowery, Will Harmon and Hunter Stanford who recently participated in the Alabama High School Athletic Association State Wrestling Championship.

In other matters Tuesday night, the Board:

O Accepted the resignation of bus driver Sandra Hannah.

O Approved hiring Wayne Lee as the Pell City High School golf coach.

O Approved to hire Hannah Parris, Danielle Pope and Mollie Spraberry as Pell City High School FBLA sponsors.

O Approved to hire Micha Anez as the Pell City High School Skills USA Sponsor.

O Approved to add Latonical Wright to the substitute teachers list.

O Approved the transfer of special education teacher Charlotte Wallace from Eden Elementary School to Williams Intermediate School RISE program.

O Approved the transfer special education paraprofessional Melinda Darby from Pell City High School to Williams Intermediate School.

O Approved the leave of absence for Pell City High School math teacher Jenniffer McGlaughn.

O Approved a contract with Kelly Educational Services, which will provide the school system with temporary substitute workers/teachers. The school system’s Affordable Health Care Act Committee recommended that the Board hire the company.

O Approved hiring Dr. Shawn Schofield to teach one class each day at New Directions.

O Approved a contract with CenturyLink for network connections, serving both Williams Intermediate School and the new Pell City Board of Education. The annual cost is $8,753.

O Approved to extend the ending date of a previously approved intervention contract for Judy Hicks at Walter M. Kennedy Elementary School. The change in the date is because of the days missed because of the weather and will not affect the amount of the contract.

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