Construction continues at the three new buildings behind Paragould High School.

According to information made available by Paragould Schools Superintendent Debbie Smith, Danny McDaniel with Ramson’s Construction told the Dec. 14 meeting of the school board that in the Agriscience building, all the gypsum board had been hung, while epoxy flooring in that building was to begin the 21st.

Installation of the epoxy flooring was slated to start on Dec. 28 in the Junior ROTC building. Dale Dintaman of Little Rock-based Dorsey Enterprises said Dec. 28 that he was putting wainscoating onto the walls in the building (having already done so in the Agriscience building) in preparation for epoxy.

“It’s like a ceramic carpet,” he said, “and then we’ll put three coats of epoxy on it. It’ll make it easier to clean.”

McDaniel said the masonry is complete in the band room, while the drywall framing is ongoing. He estimated it would be complete the first week in January, with epoxy flooring to begin upon completion of the Junior ROTC building’s epoxy flooring.

McDaniel added the exterior of all three buildings is almost complete. A second layer of asphalt was to be completed on the back parking lot this week. Curbs for the cul-de-sac leading to the three new buildings had been poured Dec. 22.

As previously reported, the Agriscience 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.

The Junior ROTC 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. 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.

Gary Bullock of Ramson’s Construction said Monday that wood doors and hardware were being installed in the Agriscience and Junior ROTC buildings, and that construction of awnings for covered sidewalks between the buildings was to start that day.

Also the board adopted a resolution approving a contract disclosure form to enable it to do business with Sam Freeman, son of school employee Jamie Freeman. The younger Freeman will perform duties as an athletic official and announcer.

The board approved a proposal to renew Imagine Learning software for math and literacy for the 2021-2022 school year. Renewal of the software, for all grades, costs $73,756.

The board also approved the following personnel actions:


Erma Bateman, Telephone Operator, effective last Nov. 30

Barbara Turman and Kareena Snyder, food service workers, effective last Dec. 7

Jennifer Keys, parent educator, effective Jan. 11, 2021

Megan Gillmore, speech language pathologist, effective Dec. 31

Katelyn McGee, Woodrow Wilson computer lab manager, effective last Dec. 19


Susan Gramling and Melissa Donahue, food service workers, effective last Dec. 15

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