ELBA -- During Thursday’s Coffee County Schools Board of Education meeting, the board discussed two issues relating to the purchase of vehicles and a roofing project at New Brockton Elementary School.

Superintendent Kevin Killingsworth discussed vehicle purchases first, citing a prior meeting in which the school board approved the purchase of cars for the school system’s driver’s education programs.

“A couple of months ago, the board approved permission to purchase some vehicles for driver’s ed for our students and for Transportation,” Killingsworth said. “We had issues with those cars that we were approved for purchase as they were not available, so we held off on purchasing any of the vehicles due to that. I want to ask that we just purchase right now a Transportation truck off the state bid list, because we have been supplied three driver’s ed cars thanks to Massey Automotive. They started using those this week, so I ask the board approve the (purchase of the) extended cab 4-wheel drive truck for Transportation.”

The board voted to approve the vehicle purchase as per Killingsworth’s recommendation.

The next item up for discussion was a bid for the New Brockton Elementary School roofing project. According to Killingsworth, the roof is in need of replacement due to its current condition; however, the bid received for the replacement project is outside of the school system’s allotted budget.

“There’s a roof at new Brockton Elementary School that I’ve had patched two or three times,” Killingsworth explained. “This facility is in need of a new roof. We only had one company bid on the roofing project, and we allotted in talking to our architect -- we talked about the high price for that project would be around $60,000, and you see that one bid is well above that. I’m going to ask that the board reject this bid that we received on May 30. We have the right now - we only had one company bid this project - to go out and negotiate with other companies to get a lower price.”

The board voted to reject the bid in favor of negotiation.

Other business:

* The board voted to rescind the current Coffee County Board Education Policy Manual and adopt the revised Board Policy Manual, which was drafted with assistance from legal consultant Melissa McKiee and features updated state policies and regulations.

Personnel actions:

* Resignations -- Jena Servold, teacher, New Brockton Elementary School.

* Employments -- Chelsea McCullough, English teacher, New Brockton High School; Lawanda Reed, elementary teacher, Zion Chapel School; Zachary Holmes, business marketing teacher, New Brockton High School; Matt Barton, probationary principal, Zion Chapel School; David Allen Traywick, custodian, New Brockton High School.

* Leave -- Megan Driggers, assistant principal, Kinston School, effective Aug. 16-Oct. 18.

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