Monday’s meeting of the Paragould School District’s board of directors was all about the new High School buildings.

As construction nears completion on all three of the buildings, the board approved more than $200,000 in spending on infrastructure.

According to information made available by Superintendent Debbie Smith, Danny McDaniel with Ramson’s Construction provided updates on the three buildings. He said that in the Agriculture building, interior painting is complete and the ceiling grid has been installed. The epoxy flooring will be complete by about Nov. 21. Other tasks to be completed soon include the installation of the ceiling tiles and sealing of the floors. The greenhouse is already complete, and the estimated completion date for the entire facility is the end of December.

The Ag building totals 17,276 square feet. It includes an aquaculture lab, biological lab, animal science lab, agri mechanics lab, outdoor covered work area, and classroom space.

McDaniel added that the drywall and painting in the Junior ROTC building should be complete by about Nov. 21 as well. The building’s floor covering, he said, should start in about three weeks. The estimated completion date of the Junior ROTC building is the middle of January.

The building totals 10,450 square feet, and will include a supply room, an ROTC lab, weight room, classrooms, and additional storage above the first level.

And McDaniel told the board the masonry in the Band building should be complete by December. The installation of the building’s sprinkler system is expected to begin in two weeks, and the overall completion date of the facility is estimated to be March, 2021.

The Band building totals 23,946 square feet. It will have two band rooms, a percussion room, practice rooms, a guard room, and several storage rooms for instruments and uniforms. The facility will also have a large storage area above the first level.

The board also approved bids for a total of $224,174.88 in purchases of electronic infrastructure and other equipment for the new buildings and other facilities, as follows:

The board approved the purchase of video/audio security systems for the main doors of each campus from KLC Video Security of Texarkana, Tex., a vendor in the Interlocal Purchasing System (TIPS/TAPS). Total cost of the gear was $24,600 plus tax. The district currently has security systems on each interior lobby door leading into the buildings. The current system allows visitors access to the lobby of the building. Once inside the lobby, the second set of doors leading into the building can be opened electronically by school personnel. The new system will add a second layer of security at the campuses. An audio/video panel will be on the exterior of the building to enable identification of visitors to be identified prior to entering into the lobby area. Visitors can then be seen on a screen and heard on a speaker by school personnel who can then give them access into the lobby.

The board also approved the purchase of low-voltage wiring systems for the three new buildings from Little Rock-based IK Network Solutions, a Tips Taps vendor, at a cost of $71,659 plus tax and shipping. IK’s bid includes the installation of all the ethernet drops in the new buildings, as well as the phone and intercom systems, plus associated hardware.

In addition, the board approved the purchase of network switches from Vernon Hills, Ill.-based CDW-G, a Tips Taps vendor, for $71,499.88 plus tax and shipping. CDW-G’s network switches bid is a list of the equipment needed to power and configure the network for the three new buildings.

The board approved $12,504 plus tax and shipping to buy access points from San Jose, Calif.-based Streakwave Wireless. The access point bid is for the various wireless access points for all three new buildings

And the board approved $43,912 plus tax and shipping to buy furniture for the new buildings from Moser Corp. of Rogers, Ark. Moser is also a Tips Taps vendor.

The board approved the following personnel actions:


Heather Frost, Paragould High School food service worker, effective Oct. 19.


Christine Webster, bus driver; and Leonard Brewer, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School custodian/buildings and grounds worker, both effective Nov. 10


Delma Martin, custodian/buildings and grounds worker from Paragould Primary School to Oak Grove Elementary School, effective Oct. 19


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