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BoE holds called meeting to discuss bids, banks and superintendent search
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The Board of Education met Thursday night at Carver Elementary in Richmond Hill for a called meeting; on the agenda bid approvals, approval of a bank resolution for nine accounts and a discussion on the superintendent search.

To start the brief discussion about the superintendent search, Chairman Eddie Warren suggested they contact Bill Sampson of the Georgia School Boards Authority to provide a workshop about such searches.

Sampson recently led the board in a team-building workshop, and Warren’s idea met with unanimous approval from the Board.

"We need to schedule that pretty quickly, if we can," member Joe Pecenka said.

The Board unanimously voted to accept the bid from Middle Georgia Mechanical out of Dublin, Ga for $31,200 to replace the heating and air unit for the Richmond Hill Elementary School lunchroom.

"This needs to be done," said member Judy Crosby. "It was so hot in there, I don’t see how those ladies came to work."

Interim Superintendent John Oliver said it was a good price, and that after tabling the vote at last weeks meeting, he felt confident in recommending the bid acceptance after verifying the cost included everything it was supposed to.

The board also voted unanimously to accept the bid of Ellis Wood Construction for $1.84 million to build the Richmond Hill Middle School Phase one site development.

Oliver said nine bids were received for the site preparations and all were within the $1.5 to $2 million range they were anticipating.

The schedule included a May 1 completion date for the pad the building will be constructed on, and a July 1 date for the entire site preparation completion, Warren said.

"They will be preparing the site for construction of the building," he said.

The bank resolutions seeking details of the nine separate school board accounts were a first time request for the board, according to Oliver.

School board member Mary Warnell said banks are now requesting resolutions as precaution in these current economic times and use them to better manage money.

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