System fights termites
School personnel have battled termites for several years at Thomson High School, and they're now calling in the professionals. The school board voted to contract with B & D Pest Control Company to treat the building for $7,500. Officials also agreed to pay the company $550 each year to maintain the treatment.
B & D Pest Control submitted a low bid from six vendors who ranged in price up to $44,984.94.
For several years, termite infestation has been a problem in different areas of the school, said Dr. James Franklin, director of administrative services.
Although the infestations were treated in the past, the insects would swarm to new areas of the school every year, he said.
The end result is some damaged areas will require treatment and some repair work.
"There is severe damage in the media center. We need to replace some bookcases and other things," said Dr. Franklin at a school board planning session.
Summer help available to students
Students who need some extra help may attend summer school June 1-29 with May 31 and June 30 serving as teaching planning and follow up days.
Students are referred to summer school by the student support team, and elementary students who fail to meet requirements for promotion in reading are automatically referred. Also, students from grades K-8 who don't meet state standards in reading and math are referred.
Special emphasis will be focused on students who fail to meet on grade level performances in third grade reading and fifth grade math on the Criterion Reference Competency Tests.
Summer school will be held at Thomson Elementary School for grades 1-3, Norris Elementary School for grades 4 and 5, Dearing Elementary School for grades 1-5, and Thomson Middle School for grades 6-8.
Work progresses at industrial park
The Industrial Development Authority is in the process of reclaiming some muddy areas in the Stone Industrial Park site located near Interstate 20.
Drying the muddy acreage by installing French drains and grading the area will make it more appealing for industries considering moving into the site, said Forward McDuffie Executive Director Don Powers at the regular meeting March 8.
The muddy area was part of a 72 acre parcel east of Highway 150 across from the Advance Distribution Center.