Bids for new school delayed
Construction bidding for Thomson's new Junior High School was to be opened last Thursday at 3 p.m. At the monthly school board meeting the day before, Assistant Superintendent Jim Franklin announced that the opening bid date would be postponed. A previous call from Architect Greg Smith of Buckley and Associates revealed only one bid was expected. Other contractors confirmed they would submit a bid if they had more time.
Dr. Franklin said many contractors have moved their operations to Mississippi so they could take advantage of the rebuilding efforts after last year's hurricanes, and those who remain are overloaded with business. To allow more contractors time to submit bids, thus ensuring a lower price, the bidding date was moved to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24.
Roads in Dearing to be paved
The Town of Dearing will have some much-needed road resurfacing done thanks to Georgia's Local Assistance Road Program. Mayor Sean Kelley announced at the Sept. 11th council meeting that he had submitted a list of roads to McDuffie County Public Works Director Chris Pelly.
Mayor Kelley's list included six roads, but there is no guarantee how many will be done. The Mayor said Mr. Pelly told him to send in more than expected, in case more funds become available.
Roads on the list include Moore Avenue, South Main Street, North Main Street, Hinton Drive, Printup Street and Davis Street.
"Davis Street is so bad, it's almost back to being a dirt road," Mayor Kelley said.
Habitat needs lot to build
After a successful golf tournament fundraiser in June, the Thomson Habitat for Humanity is ready to build its fifth house. There's just one problem. Thomson Habitat has all the funds for construction, but they are lacking property to build on.
"We're ready to build, but we need something. We need a lot," said Linda Davis, local Habitat president.
Ms. Davis said several lots have been donated, but they are not useable because they lack paved road frontage, sewer access, and proper drainage to prevent flooding.
Whether it is donated, or available for purchase, Habitat is seeking a piece of property that is about ¼ of an acre on a paved road with water and sewer access.
When it is built, the house will be for a single mom who is employed at Thomson High School and has three children. Ms. Davis said the family's application has been approved for more than two years.
Classes held during Fall Break
All McDuffie County elementary schools and the middle school will be offering remediation classes during the fall break, October 2-4. Classes involving intensive small group instruction in reading, language arts and math will be for students who have been targeted at risk by their assistant principals. An enrichment class will also be offered, and may include dance, music, art or computers.
According to literature from the school system, 21st Century will coordinate and supervise the classes. The classes are not an extension of the 21st Century program and will be available to all at-risk students. Classes will be taught by regular teachers with a 10 to one student-teacher ratio and parapros for additional support.
Online bid successful
Last Thursday, the McDuffie County Public Works Department received bids online for the first time. After a 30-minute period of bidding on the tractor/mowers, time was extended several times when the low bid came in at the end.
According to Public Works Department Director Chris Pelly, the equipment ended up costing $24,000, right at the price for which he was hoping. He said since the prices become competitive with this style, the department will try to use it again.