Picayune School Board of Trustees hold special meeting

The Picayune School Board of Trustees held a specially called meeting to follow up on a few agenda items that were tabled or taken under advisement from their previous meeting.

Board members Josh Robertson and Jake Smith

The board received an update on the bids for 45 heat pump split A/C units that was tabled from the previous meeting. District Director of Finance Lisa Persick told the board that an online reverse auction was held on Tuesday for one hour and the lowest bid was received from Mingledorff’s for $112,500.00. Previously, Mingledorff’s had presented a paper bid in the amount of $111,241.00 and Persick reported that the vendor’s sales representative agreed to honor that bid for the units. The board approved a request to accept that bid.

The board received information from Assistant Superintendent Brent Harrell in regards to the only bid that was received for the fresh produce from Four Seasons Produce, Inc. At the previous board meeting, there was confusion on how the Four Seasons bid was prepared and also questions were raised to how the pricing compared to the previous vendor, so a decision was taken under advisement to obtain more information on how the prices compared. Harrell told the board that the prices were compared and he recommended the board approve the contract prices as submitted and the board voted to accept the bid.

The board accepted grants from the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation for the Early Head Start Program. The four year old program grant was for $165,000.00 and the three year program grant was for $65,000.00. Superintendent Dean Shaw commented “We are very appreciative of the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation for giving us this money.”

Lorenzo Breland, a former Maroon Tide football player and now an assistant football coach for Picayune, will hold his 8th annual school supply giveaway at the Southside Cafetorium on August 11 from 9:00am until 12 noon.

WRJW News asked the board if a boys varsity basketball coach had been hired and Superintendent Dean Shaw stated "no" .

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for August 14th.

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