Neshoba Central accepts $3 million bid for additional improvements

By Debbie Burt Myers Neshoba County School District

A nearly $3 million bid was accepted by the Neshoba County School Board for additional new heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, new windows and exterior doors, and additional toilet upgrades as the second of a three-pronged major renovation project, spanning the entire campus.

Mayrant & Associates of Jackson received the $2,966,000 bid.

Work is currently underway.

Exterior doors are being replaced in middle and primary schools. Plans also call for bathroom renovations, new HVAC and window replacements in the high school’s physical education gym and elementary auditorium.

There will also be new HVAC and window replacements in the weight room, farm shop and manufacturing and innovation center.

The project will be funded with federal primary and secondary school emergency funds that address the impact of COVID-19 on schools.

The funds are part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act passed by Congress.

Lundy Brantley, Neshoba County’s Superintendent of Education, said Phase 2 will be more expensive than Phase 1.

“This phase isn’t as drastic as the first, but it’s more expensive because there are a lot of electrical upgrades when you have HVAC projects,” he said. “The exterior doors are expensive.”

He notes that phase 2 will be more difficult “because they have to work around the students who will be on campus. The first sentence was usually done in the summer.”

The bids for phase 3 are expected to be released in December or January.

That phase includes additional elementary school HVAC and window replacements.

dr. Brantley noted that the new windows will add to the aesthetic appearance of the overall campus.

Phase 1 of the project involved renovations of toilets in the first, second and fourth grade primary school buildings.

It also included new HVAC systems in the high school gymnasium and the old physical education gymnasium.

Burks Mordecais Builders Inc. from Columbus was awarded that contract for $2,566,000.

In a separate project, 10 new welding shields will be added to the agricultural shop. Other devices are also being replaced.

Federal funds will also fund that project.

“They’re going to have much better ventilation there with the welding shields,” said Dr. Brantley.

Old high school demolition

A separate $748,970 project to demolish the old high school, which has been vacant since 2017, is nearing completion as the area has been cleared and ready for sod.

McKee Construction Co. of Philadelphia was awarded the contract to demolish the original two-story building that housed both the high school and high school. It was built in 1963.

The newer adjacent single-storey building, which includes the old cafeteria, gym and agricultural facilities, remains intact.

About 1,500 bricks from the original building will be used to build a monument to the old high school. It will be similar to the school’s previous monument, with two blue missiles. One of the original missiles will be refurbished. The other one was stolen, so a new one is being made to resemble the original.

A location for the monument has yet to be determined.

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