PRC school board puts summer plans on the line – Picayune Item

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The Pearl River County School Board held the first meeting of the summer Thursday during which the board received updates on the construction of a new auditorium and renovation of the floor of the gymnasium on the elementary campus.

CFO, TJ Burleson, updated the board with a monthly construction report. Importantly, the classrooms for the new auditorium at Pearl River Central High School are complete and auditorium seating is expected to arrive this month and installation is expected to be complete by July.

The elementary gymnasium floor project began on May 31. At this point, 50% of the floor has been sanded. On Monday, Burleson said contractors will finish sanding the floor and the first coat of wax will be applied. After it dries, they’ll apply the lines to the gym floor and add the second coat of wax. Burleson estimates the project will be finished in about a week. When completed, the renovated gymnasium will serve as the venue for the new varsity volleyball team.

The board approved a basic proposal from HUB International for $437,432 with a 2% windstorm deductible for property and liability insurance. This will be effective from July 12, 2022 to June 30, 2023.

After some discussion on the matter, the Board approved a motion to review the recommended new policy, procedure for awarding FGDB project administration contracts. The policy will allow the district to receive a 10-year interest-free loan of $1 million. While the money cannot be used for sports facilities, if approved, the board intends to have further discussions about using the money for various school district repairs.

The board also wants to push the district’s average attendance above the previous school year’s average of 85 percent. Superintendent Alan Lumpkin said he wanted it to be 90%. The detrimental factor affecting the most recent year’s rate was the pandemic.

The Board also approved the resignation of six elementary teachers effective May 27, 2022 and approved the hiring of nine elementary teachers for the 2022-2023 school year.

At Pearl River Central Middle School, the board approved two resignations effective May 27, 2022 and at Pearl River Central High School, the board approved review of hiring a teacher.

The board will move its meetings from the Endeavor Campus Chapel to the new campus library at Pearl River Central Middle School beginning in August.

The next meeting will be July 15 at 5:30 p.m.

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