Recreation lease approved

Published 11:00 pm Monday, December 17, 2012

The Pike County Board of Education approved a lease agreement with the City of Brundidge Monday night that would permit the board the use of the city’s recreation facilities for 15 years and also allow the board to provide recreational services for Brundidge and the city’s trade area for a period of two years.

Dr. Mark Bazzell, superintendent of education, said that Brundidge officials recommended that the recreational services be awarded on a trial basis for the first two years.

“If at the end of the two years the City of Brundidge wanted to resume the recreation services, the board would continue to have priority in scheduling of events,” Bazzell said. “I would like to get all of this nailed down tomorrow so we can get the keys and start working in order to get everything cranked of mid-January.”

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The City of Brundidge will consider the lease agreement at its 1:30 p.m. meeting today at Brundidge Station. The meeting is open to the public.

The board awarded contracts for E-rate Eligible Service, telecommunications and local and long distance telephone service to TDS, Century Link and AT&T. The contracts for E-rate Eligible Services for Internet Access Services were awarded to Information Transport Solutions and the contracts for E-Rate Eligible Services for Web Hosting Services were awarded to SchoolInSites.

The board also awarded the bid for carpeting and the installation of vinyl composite tile at Banks Middle School to Boutwell Floor Covering in the amount of $20,531.

Bazzell recommended that changes to Board policies, which are required by the Alabama School Boards Governance Act of 2012, be placed on the table for 30 days for comment.

In personnel action, the board approved two hirings, Kristie Freeman for the full-time position of bookkeeper/secretary at Banks Middle School and Cory Wilkes for the physical education aide position at Goshen High School for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year.

The board also approved the request for Benjamin Pritchett to volunteer as assistant basketball coach at Pike County High School.

The board changed the date of its March meeting from March 11 to March 18 due to spring break.