The Pine Bluff School District building needs major repairs that will likely cost at least half a million dollars, Superintendent Linda Watson said at a board meeting Tuesday.

The Pine Bluff School District building needs major repairs that will likely cost at least half a million dollars, Superintendent Linda Watson said at a board meeting Tuesday.


"The building in which you are sitting has cracks and is leaking water," Watson said, referring to the 512 Pine Street facility. "We are estimating a cost of $500,000 to $1 million."


One major problem is the building is leaking water from the third floor to the basement, Watson said. The excess water is likely causing mold, which is a hazard to one’s health. Furthermore, Watson said the projected repair work will mean people will need to relocate to another building.


Watson said she will provide more information about the building’s problems and estimated costs to repair them. In addition, she will provide an estimated time frame for hiring contractors.


In other business, Watson gave a report on the school district’s Transportation Department. She said the district is looking to replace a 1989 Chevy truck with 111,000 miles and a 1998 Dodge Ram with 149,914 miles. To replace these vehicles, she recommended buying a 2013 Ford Transit with 6,014 miles and a 2014 GMC Silverado with 3,325 miles.


She recommended the board spend $45,179 from capital outlay money. This figure reflects the cost of the newer vehicles and the savings from trading in the two older vehicles. The board approved the motion.


In other business, Watson said the district is looking to buy 12 Smart Board Projectors at a cost of $13,107.73. The board approved this expenditure.