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Brewton city school board turns funds over to court

By By ANNA M. LEE Managing Editor
At its regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 18, the Brewton City Board of Education voted to pay a retainage amount -- money allotted for work at the T.R. Miller High School gymnasium -- to the Escambia County Court System.
According to superintendent Lynn Smith, the action is the result of about three years of conflict between the project contractor and flooring sub-contractor. Smith said the school board's attorney suggested about a year ago that the board turn the retainage amount over to the court, and allow the conflict to be resolved through that avenue. Until now, the school system was giving the contractors an opportunity to resolve the matter on their own.
An inspection of the gymnasium has culminated in a list of repairs and maintenance issues that have not been addressed because of the contractor conflict. The school board will take out of the retainage amount the funds to cover that work before the money is paid to the court.
In other business, the board:
The school board's next regular meeting is scheduled for Nov. 15.