Handicap accessibility construction at Shaw High School on board agenda

Handicap accessibility construction at Shaw High School is among the items on the agenda for a Muscogee County School Board work session Monday.

The meeting is at 5 p.m. in the Muscogee County Public Education Center.

At a July 21, 2014 board meeting, the board approved a project to construct paved access driveways/sidewalks to sports fields as well as handicap accessibility to upper level gym entrance doors and handicap access to toilets at Shaw. The expected budgetary impact at that time was $65,000 from the 2015 Capital Projects fund.

The project was advertised and four bids were received. The low bidder at $57,733.65 was given by Warr Grading Contractor Inc.

Using the low bid and adding other required fees and contingency, the price is now $79,000, which is $14,000 over the budget approved.

The board will be asked to approve Warr Grading and the new construction price.

In other business:

The board is being asked to give Fort Benning a right of entry to land at Spencer High School for the purpose of repairing a storm drain pipe.

At the request of a board member, the board will review policies pertaining to public forums. Those include public participation in board meetings, board meeting agendas and public forum, public hearings and public participation in board meetings.

Also at the request of a board member, the board will discuss current policy as it relates to work session and board meeting agendas being submitted to school board members prior to the date of the meetings.

The board will hear about emergency purchases totaling $17,128 that were made to repair leaking roofs at Shaw and Rothschild Middle Schools.

During the Christmas break, security discovered leaks at both schools that caused water damage to ceiling tiles, flooring and computers.

Lewis will ask the board approve the emergency purchases.

Prior to regular business, six people have asked to speak in the public forum.

According to the agenda, four of those, Paul Voorhees, Theresa El-Amin, Paul Olson and Sam Wellborn will talk about the proposed Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

James McNeely will speak about AP and IB courses and Nathan Smith will address the number of students in schools and building a new school.