School Board tackles agenda of high interest at Monday meeting


There are agendas. Then there are AGENDAS. The Jackson Parish School Board will be hard pressed to find one of more interest and highly charged than the one they tackled this Monday during their regularly scheduled February meeting.

Other than the regular payment of bills, awarding of contracts and acceptance of committee reports, board members Gerry Mims, Ricky McBride, Dennis Clary, Vice President Calvin Waggoner, President Gloria Davis, Mary Saulters and Wade McBride dealt with three items, each very important but in different ways.

First was in respect to the way the Board handled the accounting in 2021 and the news couldn’t have been better. In summary, the 2021 Audit Report given by Matthew Margaglio of Kolder, Slaven and Company, out of Alexandria showed no internal control issues and not a single non-compliance finding.

Next for the Board to approve was the proposed redrawing of lines in regard to the districts of each board member. As there was only a minimal amount of movement in the lines from before that does little effect to each district, board members were quick to provide their approval.

Then came the highly charged issue of COVID Protocols and what three visitors had to say about it. For more on this see the separate article in Jackson Parish Journal: Parents plea for change in Covid Contact Protocol at school responded to.

Board members concluded the meeting by approving the following recommendations made by the Building and Grounds and Executive/Finance Committees.

Accept low quote of $8,732.00 from Albritton Service Co. to replace HVAC Gym Package Unit at Jonesboro Hodge Elementary School, to be paid from ESSERS II fund.

Accept low quote of $8,510.00 from Albritton Service Co. to replace twinned furnaces, coils and condenser for Front Office at Central Office, to be paid from ESSERS II fund.

Accept low quote of $45,665.00 from Hot2Cold Heating, Air and Electrical, LLC. to replace 4 air handlers and condensers, 4 unit heaters in JHHS girls gym, to be paid from ESSERS II fund.

Accept low quote of $49,248.00 from Hot2Cold Heating, Air and Electrical, LLC. to replace 2 package units at the Jonesboro Hodge Middle School Gym and install 1 mini split system for Special Education Supervisor office, to be paid from ESSERS II fund.

Accept low quote of $43,671.00 from Hot2Cold Heating, Air and Electrical, LLC for the following work at Quitman High School to be paid from ESSERS II fund.
– Replace kitchen air handler and hot water coils, 2 condensers (1990 unit)
– Replace condenser for dining room unit (1998 unit); Replace a coil and condenser in Room 23
– Install a mini split in the old gym – weight room
– Install a mini split in the old gym – cheer room

Accept low quote of $35,055.00 from Hot2Cold Heating, Air and Electrical, LLC for the following work at Weston High School to be paid from ESSERS II fund.
– Replace 15 ton split system in cafeteria (1986 unit)
– Replace 15 ton split system in gym (2000 unit)

Accept quote of $29,250.00 from Anthony Boston for a three-year contract (2022,2023 & 2024) to furnish materials and labor to screen, tack and apply one (1) coat of MFMA approved oil-based gym finish at Quitman High School Old and New Gym, Jonesboro Hodge High School Boy’s and Girl’s Gym, Weston High School Gym and Jonesboro Hodge Middle School Gym, to be paid from District funds.

Make payment to Don M. Barron Contractor, Inc. in the amount of $12,443.20 for a change order at Jonesboro Hodge High School auditorium for additional demo and painting, to be paid from ESSERS II fund.

Accepting low quote of $21,000.00 from Insight to replace stage curtains and all surrounding curtains for Jonesboro Hodge High School auditorium, to be paid from ESSERS II funds and/or District funds.

Accept low quote of $45,500.00 from Dodson Enterprises, Inc. to build handicap ramp with covering at Jonesboro Hodge Middle School, to be paid from District funds.

Accept low quote of $20,913.00 from Garaventa Louisiana to install new wheelchair/handicap lift at Jonesboro Hodge High School, to be paid from District funds.

Accept low quote of $14,117.58 from Play with a Purpose to purchase playground equipment for Jonesboro Hodge Elementary School, Quitman High School and Weston High School, to be paid from ESSERS III funds.

Pay bills due to General Fund, Federal Program, Food Service, Sales Tax, Special Education Fund and District Maintenance.

Pay Employer’s share of Office of Group Benefits insurance premiums from General Fund for the March, 2022 Sales Tax Distribution.

Approve Kolden, Slaven & Company, LLC as auditor for years ending June 30, 2022 at a cost of $50,500.00 and June 30, 2023 at a cost of $51,400.00 and June 30, 2024 at a cost of $52,300.00, to be paid from General Fund. The fee estimate for the Statewide AUPs (Agreed upon Procedures) for June 30, 2022, 2023 and 2024 will range from $3,000.00 to $10,000.00 each year.

Purchase thirteen (13) Zoll AED’s with battery and CPR Pads at a cost of $20,475.00 to be placed as follows: 2 at each school, 1 at Central Office, 1 at Bus Barn and 1 at Student Service Center, to be paid from General Fund.

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