School Board Accepting Sealed Bids for Tiny House

February 14, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

Sealed bids are now being accepted from anyone wishing to purchase a Tiny House recently built by students in the DCHS Residential and Commercial Construction Class .

During Thursday night’s monthly meeting, the Board of Education set the minimum bid at $22,600 and will receive bids over the next month with a bid opening expected at the March meeting. The minimum bid would cover the costs of the project of $22, 530.

Brad Leach, DCHS Career and Technical Education Director had asked that the board consider establishing the minimum bid at $26,000.

Plans are to schedule an open house at a later date to give the public a chance to get an up close look at the Tiny House inside and outside.

The 8’ x 24’ Tiny House stands up to 13 feet and 6 inches and sets on a modified trailer that can be anchored or moved from place to place.

Accommodations in the Tiny House, although compact include a living room, kitchenette, bathroom, and sleeping space.

Specific features are as follows:
● Mobility by use of a trailer
● Central heat and air unit
● Cooktop
● Solid wood cherry cabinets
● Loft bedroom
● Cherry laminate flooring
● Bathroom with shower
● Metal roof
● Cedar wood siding ( stained and finished)
● 200 square feet including loft

For more information about the Tiny House call 615-597-4084.

In other business, the Board voted to contract with school psychologist Judy Malone to finish out the school year and entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Tennessee School for the Deaf to provide services.

In a brief personnel report, Director Patrick Cripps announced that Bethany Rigsby has been granted a leave of absence and that Walteen Parker, a teacher at DCHS, will be retiring as of June 30.

“She will be sorely missed. Ms Walteen has a special place in my heart. She is dearly loved. Ms Parker was also a cheerleading sponsor for many years and affected kids that way but she has affected a lot of us in the classroom too by showing her love to each student who walked through her doors,” said Cripps.

Smithville Elementary School Principal Summer Cantrell gave a brief report to the board on activities at her school.

“Our spring book fair is coming up the last week of February (February 24-28) and we want our families to know about that. Family night is Thursday night, February 27 from 3-6 p.m. and we will have our first annual family night with a lot of activities for our students in addition to the book fair”.

The board also adopted state rates for in-state mileage, per diem, and lodging after a recommendation in a federal audit finding.