The Tupelo Public Schools board held a special meeting Tuesday

The Tupelo Public Schools board held a special meeting Tuesday to approve two bids for renovations at Milam Intermediate School.

The board unanimously approved a $520,000 bid from the Batesville-based Tri-Star Contractors for the installation of a new heating and cooling system at the school. New ceilings and a sprinkler system will also be installed as part of the project.

The board also voted to accept an additional $4,872 bid for the construction of a direct entrance to the school’s office. Visitors to the office now have to walk through the school’s cafeteria to enter the office area.

The bids were lower than expected, putting renovations to the 1981 addition to the school $44,128 under the projected cost.

In October, the board unanimously approved a $4 million construction and renovation project at the school. Next year, the east wing of the school will be demolished and a new $1.9 million, 30-classroom academic building constructed. The single-story building will be located adjacent to Gloster Street and south of the existing 1981 addition.

Most of the renovations to the 1981 addition should be complete when school reopens in mid-August.

The entire construction project is expect to be complete by the fall of 1997.

Following the approval of the bids, the board voted to go into executive session to discuss a personnel matter.

Next week’s regularly scheduled meeting has been canceled.

Monique Harrison

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