The Crossett School Board approved Monday the bid proposal for construction of the parking lot, ticket booth and sidewalk at Yarborough Field, and the contractor said it would be finished before next season.

Mike Webb, the Crossett School District’s construction consultant, presented the bids to the school board.

Mizell Heating and Air had the lowest combined bid for the electrical and HVAC work, which totaled around $45,000.

Webb said the general contracting was estimated to cost around $399,500 and that the construction consulting fee was approximately $35,311.

Crossett Superintendent Gary Williams said that the district was in sound financial shape and that he felt this would be something that would benefit the school for years to come.

The school board approved the bids as presented and the construction will start within a few weeks.

School board member Eddie Goodson asked about the potential threat of rain and what that would mean for construction.

“If we get 19 days of rain of June again, like we did last year, will this still be ready?” Goodson said.

Webb said that because this was a much smaller project than the new school construction was, he didn’t see any issues with finishing by the proposed deadline and that it would be ready in time for next school year.

In other news:

-The board approved the out-of-state travel request presented by Melissa Martar for the Crossett Middle School Beta Club to travel Oklahoma City in June for a conference.

-The board accepted a bid by Chatwell to become the new food service management company for the district.

-The board approved the School Improvement Plans for each building as presented by each building’s principal.

4The board approved Williams’ personnel recommendations, including hiring Hannah Blankenship as a CHS math teacher.

Cristin Dubose and Alan Riley were both hired as middle school teachers and Bonnie Smith was hired as a special education teacher for Crossett Elementary.

The board also approved the transfer of Pam Harper from her position as kindergarten teacher at Crossett Learning Center to a special education teacher at Crossett Elementary School.

The licensed resignations the board accepted included Colin Wilkerson, Patricia Staley, Kenya Thompson and Ginger Rutherford. The classified resignations included Susan Swan, Christy Rice and Teresa Barnes.

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