Jasper City Schools Superintendent Robert Sparkman recommended the lowest bid and alternate bid to board members after they viewed a list of all bids for the site mass grading package for the new high school. Board members unanimously decided on Carcel & G Construction, LLC, based in Cullman, to grade the site where the new high school will be located at a cost of $2.16 million.
“The alternate bid, what it is, they’ll do the grading on a loop that would exit the building, and it was $168,000, so we accepted both,” Sparkman said after the meeting.
He also mentioned that after presenting the board’s approved bids to the city council, he hopes for work to start on the new high school in June.
Sparkman and board members also heard from Kim Davis, the director of the technical program at Walker High School.
Davis updated the board on the industrial maintenance technical training that is also in conjunction with Walker County Schools and Bevill State Community College.
“The grant was approved and we began working with the county to get the program in order ... We normally send between 30 and 40 students to the Walker County Center of Technology in the various programs. So far, we have 23 students signed up to go into the industrial maintenance program,” Davis said. “We haven’t finished tallying the numbers yet either. We are really excited about getting this going. Our students are excited because they actually see that they can leave high school with a certification and the ability to go out and get a job.”
Sparkman said, “Our industrial development board is helping with it. Our legislators are helping with it, Greg Reed and Bill Roberts, to get that building in shape. Bevill, too, has really helped. They’re moving their program from Bevill in Sumiton to the incubator. ... We’ve worked with Walker County Schools and Bevill State to write a grant that we all three have received, and it’s about $600,000 or $700,000.”
Sparkman, Davis and board members said they are excited about the program. Davis said the industrial maintenance program should start next school year in August.
“This board has put in considerable amounts of funds into this program, and we’re really getting to the point now where we need to make some things happen,” Sparkman said.
In other business, the board:
•approved the minutes for the March 17 meeting.
•approved the financial report and bank reconciliations.
•approved the architectural contract for repaving projects at T.R. Simmons Elementary and Maddox Middle schools.
Sparkman said the exit at T.R. and the entrance at Maddox need to be repaved because of the worn conditions to those roads.
•approved the disposal of surplus equipment from the district’s schools.
•approved a monthly personnel report and recognized new employees.