Bid for school board property rejected

By Jeffra Wise DeViney

The Cameron Parish School Board met in regular session on Monday, July 11.

A motion was passed for renewal of student and athletic accident insurance at no more than the amount of $171,192 to Author J. Gallagher & Co., Public Entity Division.

A bid was awarded to low bidder, Group Contractors LLC at $668,000 for Johnson Bayou High School, Restoration Repair Phase II. It is to include fencing repair, new monument sign, exterior lighting, repair to concession building, gym pavilion repair, moving of school flashing light and seal air conditioner deck at main school.

Authorization was given to the Superintendent to advertise for new bids and accept low bids on currently advertised projects due to requisite number of days and a need to move forward on the following projects:

Projects to be bid at South Cameron High Schools are: various restoration repairs which are miscellaneous repairs to the athletic field structures; new gym complex to include preliminary floor plan out date (out for bid beginning December 2022); and restrooms and concession (to be bid late summer.) Hoffpauir Architects, LLC is the project management.

Approval of bids were accepted on the following items for 2022-23 school year: copy paper, paper goods bid, janitorial supplies and official journal.

Venture Global had made an offer regarding the property at 510 Marshall St., Cameron. Superintendent Charley Lemons explained that their bid had come in $720,000 lower than the $6.7 million appraisal. The bid was accepted and rejected by the board; appraisal value is good for two years.

Superintendent Lemons reminded Board Members that qualifying for the upcoming Nov. 8th election is July 20-22. He implored them to please consider running again and expressed his pleasure to work with them through as much turmoil as they have endured these past years.