Thursday, December 10, 2015

LMSD Proceeds With Construction of Nanih Waiya Storm Shelter

The Board of Trustees of the Louisville Municipal School District met on Tuesday December 8th and discussed numerous construction projects. The board accepted the bid of Burkes Mordecai Builders of Columbus to complete the storm shelter/ cafeteria project at Nanih Waiya. This project has been in the works for a period of time and is partially funded by FEMA funds due to the need of a storm shelter in the area.

The total construction cost of the project is $1,349,000 of which LMSD’s obligation is $737,900. FEMA will fund 90% of the structure that is deemed to be storm shelter which will be used as cafeteria area. The remainder of the structure which will be the kitchen area and include kitchen equipment costs must be fully funded by LMSD. The project is expected to take 8 months to complete and it will take 30 to 90 days for final FEMA approval. The district's architect is indicating that the project would likely be completed in September of 2016. All bids came under the estimated cost.

Superintendent Ken McMullan also discussed several other projects in the district and indicated that there will be a ribbon cutting for the Louisville High School gym on January 15th during the home game with Noxubee county. The gym project has been ongoing and is at or near completion.

McMullan also informed the Board that the Winston Medical Clinic will open at Fair Elementary on January 19th pending final lease negotiations. Winston Medical Center will establish a clinic within the school property. See our previous article for more information.- Click here

There is also discussion with the city of Louisville concerning the paving of the  walking track at Eiland Middle School. Mcmullan noted that the city is planning several paving projects in the area and hopes to combine bids with the city.

Superintendent McMullan also brought to the attention of the board that the City of Louisville is proceeding with the storm shelter project on East College next to Fair Elementary and that an agreement with the city for the use and maintenance of the facility needs to be further discussed. The dome building project would be available to the schools as a storm shelter and also for other purposes such as PE and gym classes. The facility would also be available to the public. McMullan noted that there would need to be agreement between the city and the school district in terms of insurance, maintenance and use.

Before moving into executive session, the board took the opportunity to thank outgoing District 5 Trustee Betty Byrd for her service to LMSD. Byrd noted that she had never missed a board meeting and it has been a pleasure to serve the citizens of District 5.

Board president Sheila Hickman noted that Bird has been an outstanding leader and was always prepared for meetings. "She always did her homework and she showed her leadership.”