BY MELANIE BUCK –
In the August Mena School Board meeting, Superintendent Benny Weston gave project updates for all of the district’s campuses. The Pre-K Building at Louise Durham Elementary has received repairs to sidewalks, bathrooms, and more to bring the building to better safety standards.
The visitors’ bleachers at Bearcat Stadium have been removed and the retainer wall for the new bleachers is complete. As of press time, the bleachers had been partially installed and crews were working hard to complete the project. Weston said that the bleachers and the new Union Bank scoreboard will be complete for the first home game, this Friday, September 4th. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. when the Mena Bearcats will take on the DeQueen Leopards. Cossatot Builders, Inc., is the contractor who won the bid for the project with a low bid of $43,400. “We’re just excited that we are able to upgrade our stadium and making it safe for everyone. Looking forward to having it completed and getting ball season underway,” Weston said.
The Agriculture Building has also been spruced up for the new school year as well as new paint on several trim features of Mena High School and Mena Middle School.
The roof on Mena High School and the gym has received its repairs and is awaiting a warranty inspector for approval.
Also, at the meeting, the board approved a transfer of funds in the amount of $224,590 to keep the school within their ‘legal balance’ as required by the state. Weston explained that once the budget for the year is completed, the surplus of the transfer would be used as rewards for staff.
The next Mena School Board meeting is set for Tuesday, September 15, at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building Board Room.