School plans on schedule, Miller says

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Construction plans at each of the Lincoln County School Districtcampuses are proceeding well, the superintendent informed theschool board Monday night.

“We’re on schedule,” said Superintendent Perry Miller. “We havenailed down what we are going to do at Loyd Star and I think thisafternoon we finished with West Lincoln.”

The conceptual plans, Miller said, are the same as residentsvoted for during the $3.8 million bond issue election. What theyare finalizing are the actual architectural floor plans.

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They are also nearing completion on the construction atEnterprise School and the new cafeteria plan for Bogue Chitto,Miller said.

Once Miller and the architect complete their plans, the floorplans would still need to be presented to the school and the boardfor final modifications and approval, he said.

Miller said at the current pace, they should be able to have theplans completed on schedule. Also, he said, the work on the bondsis going well and they should be ready for sale in December.

As part of the construction, Miller said, a relocatableclassroom will be needed at Loyd Star School to house 11 classesbeing displaced when their building is removed to make way for thenew construction.

Eight classes will be housed in the relocatable classroom, onewill use Progress School and the remaining two will hold class inexisting structures, such as the gym, or by rotating classschedules.

“It will only be for a year while we do the construction of thenew building,” Miller said.

The relocatable classrooms, however, are not cheap. Only twocompanies in the state are approved and licensed and both bid forthe district’s contract.

The best bid will cost the district nearly $5,000 up front, $850a month for 12 months and includes a $4,000 takedown fee.

“These are nice classrooms,” Miller said. “They’re big, safe andanchored well. I wouldn’t mind my kids using this classroom.”

The relocatable classroom will be similar to that used byBrookhaven High School during their renovations, he said.

Miller said it will depend on the bond sale and constructionbids as to whether the district will have to absorb the cost of therelocatable classroom or whether it can be paid for from the bondissue.

“It’s too early to tell right now,” he said.