The McDuffie County School Board took action on several financial issues and reviewed presentations by three architectural firms interested in building the new middle school.
The Board awarded the Maxwell school road paving project to C & H Paving at a cost of $108,400 with a two-year warranty. C & H did not give the lowest offer, but the low bidder, with an amount of $106,787.50, offered only a one-year warranty and quantified, or limited, the amount of asphalt included in the bid.
"If they run out of asphalt, the low bid doesn't end up as the low bid," said Jim Franklin, McDuffie County Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services.
In other action, the Board discussed proceeds from the public auction of county and school items on Wednesday, Oct. 27. The proceeds from the sale totaled $18,335, with $6,127 going to the county for its share. By law, some money for school transportation and for school nutrition was earmarked ahead of time, leaving $5,577 for the school system. The board voted to give each school $1 per student, with the remainder going into the general fund.
The board also approved that bids be sent out for the purchase of four new 66-passenger buses, which include a deduct alternative for air conditioning and tinted windows.
Also at the school board meeting, nine teachers receiving Teacher Incentive Grants were recognized. The following teachers received grants ranging from $282 to $750 for special projects to be implemented in their classroom:
Noelle Keener/Beth Newsome, Thomson Middle, $282; Sheryl Allen, Maxwell, $725; Becky Swann, Maxwell, $691; Barbara Davidson, Thomson Middle, $750; Doristianon Brown, Norris Elementary, $740; Jerry Snider, gifted, $739; Dot Kay, Thomson Middle, $745; Claudia Wells, Thomson High, $750; and Terry Gribanow, Dearing Elementary School, $578.
In other action, the Board approved a required contract for membership services with the Regional Educational Service Agency, RESA, with a cost of $55,117.78.
Also at the school board meeting, three architectural firms that were interested in being considered to build the new McDuffie County middle school gave presentations on schools they had designed and renovated. Representatives from Buckley and Associates, Holroyd and Associates, and Harley and Associates presented information on their firms although none of them gave specific cost estimates.