In a special called meeting Wednesday morning, the Lawrence County Board of Education approved two contracts concerning work for Moulton Middle School gym and Hatton High School gym following floor damages due to excess flooding earlier this year.

The board approved a contract with Covington Flooring for labor and materials to replace the Moulton Middle School gym floor, not to exceed $84,835. 

A contract was also approved with Alabama Contract Sales for the removal of bleachers at Hatton High School gym during flooring repairs, and the reinstallation of the bleachers after work is completed. The amount is not to exceed $24,000. 

Superintendent Jon Bret Smith said the contracts will be paid out of supplemental appropriation funds from the state if the school system’s insurance does not pay. 

“We’re very blessed to have received this money,” Smith said. “It can only be used in six areas, and one of those is repairs and deferred maintenance.”

Smith said the school board received $.25 million in supplemental appropriations this fiscal year, which may be used for transportation, insuring the facilities, repairs or deferred maintenance, school safety measures, technology and classroom instructional supplements. 

Work for the two gyms should begin sometime next week Smith added. He said the work at Moulton Middle School gym will be done by the start of the upcoming school year.

“We’re working very hard to make sure that happens at Hatton as well,” he said. “We’ve scheduled a few practices already. Until the work process starts, Hatton’s gym can still be used.”

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