School land bid unsuccessful

Thursday, September 21, 2017
The Marshall County Board of Education celebrates over $1.1 million in reduced energy costs in less than four years in association with Cenergistic, a company focused on reducing energy usage.
Tribune photo by Scott Pearson

The search will have to continue for a possible new home for the Marshall County High School Tigers.

The Marshall County School Board offered New Life Church $225,000 for West Ellington Parkway parcel, on which the church is developing a new church building.

Director of Schools Jacob Sorrells reported to the School Board at Monday’s meeting that the church had responded, saying that $365,000 was the lowest offer they could consider.

According to the state’s real estate data, the church paid $125,000 for the 14.23 acre site in August of 2015.

The parcel is close to MCHS and borders Lewisburg Middle School and Marshall Elementary School property.

The board sought to acquire the land in order to develop a replacement for Preston Hopkins Field or for the future construction of a new school building as needed.

The difference in price for the parcel seems to put an end to the school’s interest in the property.

The School Board has discussed in the past a desire to upgrade or relocate MCHS’ stadium, citing problems with the current field configuration.

The board also heard a presentation from Truman Adkins, representing Cenergistics, a company the system has partnered with to reduce energy costs in their buildings.

Over the course of the 44 month program, the school system has seen a savings of $1,119,000 in energy costs.

Adkins pointed to Bam Haislip, who oversees the program in the schools, as driving the success locally.

“This is people driven, not mechanical,” Sorrells said of the program. “(Haislip) has done a great job , and we’ve saved a lot of money.”

The system is continuing with the program on their own, the contract with Cenergistics to set it up expiring this year.

Sorrells also reported to the board that bidders for roof repairs at Spot Lowe and Westhills Elementary School were being pre-qualified before bids to install new roofing systems at the schools were accepted.

Rebecca Dippold of Chapel Hill Elementary School was recognized with a Lifesaving Award, after she performed the Heimlich maneuver on a third grader at the school who was choking on a ring.