The Marshall County School Board took action Feb. 17 toward the purchase of security equipment at Marshall County High School, renovations at Sharpe Elementary and the potential purchase of land near the high school campus.

The board approved building and grounds state funding requests for the Marshall County High School security project. The BG-2 and BG-3 requests would go toward the purchase of cameras and entry doors.

"We had originally put in the grant application for additional cameras and replacing doors, but we never heard back from that portion of the grant if we were funded for that or not," Superintendent Trent Lovett said. "We were contacted a few weeks ago, and they said we had this additional money and that they thought it would cover the cost of that.

"I think we will have somewhere in the neighborhood of 170 cameras around the campus. We will also have primarily new exterior doors."

Lovett said the renovation project at the high school was about to end after about three years of planning and execution.

"Construction has been about a year and a half now, and they are coming to a close, just basically doing 'punch list' items now," he said. "The board approved two changed orders (on Feb. 17); one was $2,900 and the other one was $7,800."

One order dealt with completing one of the columns at the school, while the other replaced aluminum frames and glass in an office.

The $13 million renovation project dealt with the commons area, where a stairwell was added along with a chemistry lab. A restroom was added upstairs and another was renovated. The culinary department was renovated, and new lighting and floor covering was placed throughout the building. The facade of the building was also redone.

The board approved a payment of $1,063 to CMS Architects of Benton for work at Sharpe Elementary School.

"That construction is also almost completed," Lovett said. "We had students in a mobile unit out back, and they were running out of space. We built on a wing of four additional classrooms, increased the size of their lunchroom and renovated their entrance. We moved their office area from one location to another location, and we now have a secure vestible there."

Lovett said the cost for that school's renovation project was $2.5-$3 million.

The board voted to approve a building and grounds statement toward the purchase of property at 2446 U.S. 641 N. The property abuts the northwest portion of the high school property.

"As they became available, we've purchased (the properties) that we could meet an agreement on," Lovett said.

"We've purchased two or three of those in my tenure here, and I think the superintendent before me purchased two of them. Eventually, we could have all of that road frontage to build another road, maybe an entrance for some of our athletic fields, have some parking up there for that."