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|School Board unseals bids|
Project bids to renovate and rebuild the classroom wing of Horace G. White Learning Center were unsealed during the monthly agenda meeting of the Franklin Parish School Board Tuesday.
Supt. Lanny Johnson said the bids would be awarded to contractors during the board's regular business meeting scheduled for Feb. 1 at 5:30 p.m.
Johnson said the school system has received $1.6 million in insurance claims to rebuild the destroyed buildings. The classroom wing and administrative offices of HGW were destroyed by an arsonists' blaze in the early morning hours of April 1.
"As soon as the bids are approved, we'll sign contracts and the work can begin," Johnson said. He added that the school is also set to receive some $300,000 from FEMA to renovate the gymnasium and an outbuilding damaged by the floods of 2006 and 2008.
Currently, students at HGW attend classes in temporary classrooms in the gym.
In other news, due to the increasing technology demands at the high school, a new E-Rate contract presented by Thoy Leonard was approved by the board Tuesday evening. The plan covers upgrades required to support services for the Internet and related technology in the system.
Members of the Patriots semi-pro football team are currently working to secure the football facilities at Franklin Parish High School. According to board members, the team must obtain a liability insurance policy in order to be granted use of the arena.