Bids for school renovation exceed budget

By The Associated Press

WEST POINT, Miss. (AP) — Clay County supervisors are looking for options after bids for renovation of the former West Clay Agricultural High School building came in higher than expected.

Supervisors want to install new heating and air conditioning systems, lighting, wiring and improved interior finishes, among other things. They may use the building as a new voting precinct, but also as a public meeting place.

The county has about $133,000 set aside to renovate the two-story building, but the lowest bid submitted was around $300,000.

Supervisor Luke Lummus tells The Commercial Dispatch that the board has to figure out where the other two-thirds of the cost will come from.