North Lamar Independent School District trustees Wednesday awarded a $382,920 contract to low bidder Jamar Contractors to install air conditioning at Stone Middle School in the gymnasium and in one classroom wing.

The contract is part of a larger construction and bus purchase package funded by $1.7 million in sales of Series 2001 revenue notes approved at an earlier board meeting this week.

Superintendent James Dawson said current district debt is at $9.6 million on the high school and the additional amount will not overload debt service.

"We'll pay interest for three years until the high school note comes down and then we can pay off this note," Dawson said.

The package also includes air conditioning gymnasiums at Cecil Everett and Aaron Parker elementary schools and at Geneva Bailey Middle School at an estimated cost of $483,000.

Nine school buses costing $410,997 are included. The buses are all long-nosed body styles with diesel motors. Also a $31,487 truck for the agricultural department is part of the package as is $80,000 for district vehicles.

Other projected expenses include $26,000 for walkways and $11,336 for wheel chair ramps at Stone Middle School as well as $11,336 in library furniture.

Geneva Bailey Middle School will get a $12,000 playground slab and a $3,000 walkway while Aaron Parker Elementary gets a $10,000 walking track and a $2,500 walkway.

Goodman Learning Center will receive new carpeting at a cost of $12,000.

Completed projects paid out of fund balance but to be reimbursed by borrowed monies include a $27,000 cafeteria roof at Aaron Parker Elementary.

Completed athletic facility improvements include $18,820 at the football stadium and $11,394 at the baseball stadium. Renovating press boxes cost $15,098 with an additional $63,687 spent on stadium lighting.

The package includes $35,000 for gas service piping, $53,000 in architectural fees, $50,000 for energy management, $30,000 for service fees and $88,000 in a contingency fund in case some bids come in higher than projected.

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