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WH board approves asbestos abatement contract for Redfield Middle School

The White Hall School District Board of Directors approved the low bid on a contract to remove asbestos from the Redfield Middle School Building as part of the district’s plan to transfer ownership of the property.

“I would recommend approval of the low bid submitted by Gerken Environmental in the amount of $6,773 and that this amount be paid from the district’s building fund,” district superintendent Larry Smith said before the board vote.

The project specifications call for the removal and disposal of approximately 2,460 square feet of asbestos-containing floor tile, approximately 960 square feet of floor tile mastic and approximately 500 square feet of siding panels.

In other business the board voted to approve the bid of $22,266 from Curtis Stout to replace the sound system in the White Hall High School Gymnasium.

“It went out just before our homecoming activities,” Smith said. “If you were at any of the homecoming events you probably had a hard time hearing. Curtis Stout is a member of the state bid program so this is the only bid required.”

The board approved the low bid of $59,642 from Tyco SimplexGrinnell for the replacement of the existing fire alarm system at White Hall High School.

“The high school was built in stages so right now we have three different fire alarm systems on campus,” Smith said. “We need to have one unified, up-to-date fire alarm system installed. The bulk of the work is scheduled for completion over the Christmas break.”

The board elected Raymond Jones as school board president for the new school year and re-elected Scott Ray as board vice president and Roy Agee as board secretary.

The board approved the nomination of Jones to run for the position of Region 11 Director with the Arkansas School Boards Association.

Smith told the board that a special session of the Arkansas State Legislature is likely in the next two weeks to settle issues related to insurance premium prices increases for public school educators in the state.

“There is a ray of hope that teachers won’t have to pay $1,500 a month in insurance payments,” Smith said. “Gov. [Mike] Beebe pushed back the date for school employee open enrollment from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1 to give lawmakers time to come up with a solution that keeps these employees from seeing dramatic rises in their insurance premiums starting this January.”

Board member Scott Pittillo announced that the WHHS girls and boys golf teams finished second in the 5A South Conference.